AUBURN, Mass. – Put your running/walking shoes on because the Major David “Klepto” Brodeur 5K is coming up in Auburn as race organizers work to make this year’s event bigger and better.
The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is holding the second annual 3.1-mile road race/walk at 1 p.m Oct. 14 at North American Martyrs Church.
The event honors Broduer, an Auburn native and military hero who died in Afghanistan last year. The money raised at the race will provide grants to Auburn High School students in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
“We were blown away last year with all the people who came out, and we’re looking to exceed that this year,” said Tim Morse, the foundation’s president. “It’s a great family and community event. It’s great to see the community coming together to support David and his family, while raising funds for students. It’s the place to be on Oct. 14.”
Brodeur, a 1994 graduate of Auburn High School, died April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the age of 34. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Combat Action Medal, among others.
The Brodeur race will be the third road race in town since May. Runners who participate in the race Oct. 14 and who also did the APA 5K in May and the Jules Run in June will receive a tech T-shirt. Race organizers will give out tech T-shirts at the Brodeur race for those who qualify.
In addition, the first 200 registrants for the Brodeur race receive a T-shirt plus a post-race meal catered by Outback Steakhouse. Beer will be provided by Harpoon Brewery for all registered runners who are 21 or older.
“It will be a much bigger event this year with much more to do after the race ends,” Morse said. “We’re very lucky to have Outback Steakhouse and Harpoon Brewery catering the after event.”
The registration fee is $25 to run/walk Oct. 14. To sign up for the event, visit the 5K registration page.
The Brodeur Foundation thanks its sponsors: Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks, Bergeron Appliance Service, Casey Storage Solutions, Closet & Storage Systems, Consolidated Beverages, DCU, James Monroe Wire and Cable Corp., Masterman’s, McGrath Sales Corp., Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., Ohara-Buthray Associates, Unibank and Southbridge Credit Union.