Lace up those sneakers, runners! The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation’s (ASOMF) 7th Annual Run for the Legend 5k/10K takes place June 7.

The 5K race begins at 8 a.m., while the 10K kicks off at 8:05 at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum on Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.

Registration is $20 through June 6, when it increases to $25. T-shirts are limited to the first 500 people.

Competitive runners will start at the front of the start line, while those with strollers, wagons and well-behaved, leashed dogs will be asked to start in the back. Group rates are available by calling 910-643-2778.

The ASOMF Run for the Legend is sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF) and timed by the Atlantic Coast Timing Systems. The top three male and female runners will each receive trophies. Medals are provided for the top three per gender/per age group.

Paul Galloway, Executive Director for the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation said, “All donations and proceeds from the event go to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation, whose mission is solely to support the U.S. Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The ASOM Foundation uses the funds to maintain and update exhibits and fund educational programs.”

The main tag-line for the ASOM is “The Legend Continues,” which refers to the paratroopers and special operations soldiers from past, present and future. While the race was first held in 2007, beginning in 2008, that tagline became the official name of the run.05-28-14-run-for-the-legend.gif

The museum is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Federal Holidays but open Memorial Day, July 4 and Veteran’s Day. Various movies are played throughout the day at no charge, while a simulator ride is available for $5 per person.

Something new for this year’s event is a pre-race pasta dinner at the ASOM from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6. The cost is $5 for children 12 and under; $8 for registered runners; $10 for non-runners; $12 for day of runners. Reservations should be made by June 2, by calling 643-2778.

The dinner is being provided to the ASOM Foundation by The Fireside Restaurant.

Run for the Legend joins a host of other races in the area in the coming months, including The Color Run, The Glow Run, Firecracker 4miler and Color Me Rad. Race organizers are also looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering, please contact Catherine Hodge at info@asomf.org.

The Run is being sponsored by MJ Soffe, The Fayetteville New Car and Truck Dealers Association, BB&T, and Fireside Restaurant.

To register for the race, please visit www.active.com and search “Run for the Legends.”

For more information about the Airborne & Special Operations museum, please visit www.asomf.org, or download the free smart phone app by searching “airborne & special operations” in the app store.

Photo: Run for the Legend supports the Airborne Special Operations Museum Foundation.

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