Security will be tight but big crowds expected in support of Semper Five charity 5K Saturday
We've told you about how much added security there will be at Saturday's Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5k in Seaside Heights, but now we take another look at what the race is all about.
Director of the 5K event, frank Costello, says the race benefits the MARSOC Foundation which was founded in 2012 to honor marines seriously wounded or killed in the line of duty and their families.
"It benefits the marines and sailors who have been seriously injured, lost their arms, legs or something like that or been killed in service to our country and also...their families," said Costello. "The race started out as a function to identify the MARSOC Foundation and let people know about it."
The route outside and along the race will be filled to the brim with law enforcement agencies and runners alike for the race.
Following the terrorist bombing inside a trash can at last years race, security was stepped up in advance this year, but Costello says many runners didn't fear signing up again.
"The people have reacted not only to the cause itself, but also to the fact that the bombing is something that they don't want to happen and they don't want the terrorists to feel like they can deter us from what we want to do," said Costello.
He says runners or anyone in attendance should leave certain items at home.
"No backpacks or packs of any kind," said Costello. "You can bring a pocka-book but other than that the police have requested nothing in the way of a backpack or a package or something like that."
A one-mile fun run starts at 9 am, with the 5K around 9:30 outside Beachcomber on Ocean Terrace.
He says you can still sign-up as well either online or in person Friday night from 6-8 or they'll even have registrations on site from 6:30-8:30 Saturday morning.
There's also free parking.
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