Irma has caused a lot of wreck across Florida and Georgia but she hasn’t wrecked the plans for the USAF 70th Birthday Community Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, at Freedom Park.
The community is invited to show their patriotism at this event that will pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the USAF at Moody Air Force Base. Located at 3795 Guest Road, Freedom Park provides the perfect setting for a community-wide fun day that includes a Freedom 5K at 8 a.m., followed by free food, activities, and entertainment at the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The event begins with a Freedom 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Registration is free and will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the park. Participants will be able to choose between a regular 5K run/walk and the CrossFit Challenge. The race route will begin at Freedom Park and take participants through the adjacent neighborhoods. Prizes will be awarded for the first place male and female finishers in the following 5K categories: under 15, 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65 and older, and the overall first place male and female finishers.
Participants who choose the CrossFit Challenge will be identified with a different colored runners bib and will engage in CrossFit activities at each .5 mile marker. CrossFit prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in both male and female categories. A prize will also be awarded to the most patriotic-dressed participant.
Activities include a train, bounce house, 21-ft Slide, face painting, Valdosta Rocks painting and more for the kids, as well as Winnersville Fitness competitions, basketball and disc golf competitions, rock wall climbing, and more for the “big kids.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and to enjoy the entertainment throughout the event.
City, county and Moody AFB leadership are expected to welcome the crowd at 11 a.m.
The USAF 70th birthday event is a great excuse to get away from storm cleanup and have some fun with friends and the family—the Moody-Valdosta-Lowndes County family.
Visit www.valdostacity.com/USAFbday to download the 5K application or view the lineup of events and sponsors. Call 229-251-1092 for more information.