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Annual Salute the Troops Races announced

Runners can join the half-marathon, Dobogai 5K, Brandon Michael Memorial Ruck March, kids race

Salute the Troops, a non-profit organization who supports local service members, veterans, and their families through advocacy, education, training, financial assistance, and supportive programming to promote awareness, and fostering camaraderie that stimulates economic development in the community, will host their annual half marathon, as well as the Dobogai Memorial 5K, the Fox Valley Savings Bank Kids Race, and Brandon Michael Memorial Ruck March, on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Each year, Salute the Troops offers these races as a benefit to the community and a fundraiser for the organization. The events take place at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families in Fond du Lac, Dodge, and Sheboygan counties. This annual race will feature a half marathon and the Dobogai Memorial 5k run/walk. New this year is a ruck march in honor of Brandon Michael Van Asten, a veteran who died by suicide. Statistics indicated an average of 22 veterans die by suicide each day.

“This annual event is a staple for Salute the Troops,” Jim Erskine, Salute the Troops Board of Directors President, said. “We’re excited to add the Brandon Michael Van Asten Ruck March, in addition to the Dobogai 5K which is in memory of Derek Dobogai who was killed in action in 2007. These races are a great way to keep these memories alive.”

A kids ‘fun run’ for children 12 and under is only $10 and includes activities throughout the race. For entrance fees, starting times and race registration, please visit or

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