On Saturday, September 15, the Lt. Mark H. Dooley 5K Race was held in Wilmington for the fourth consecutive year. The annual event is a tribute to Lt. Mark Dooley, a former Wilmington resident and police officer, killed in action on September 19, 2005 while deployed to Iraq with the Vermont Army National Guard. The fourth annual race was once again a huge success thanks to all the volunteers, donors, sponsors, supporters, and participants. The spirit of this year’s race was enriched with beautiful weather, an appearance by Miss Vermont Chelsea Ingram, live music by Welkin Again, a delicious hot breakfast by Chef Joe Gerardi and the Brattleboro Yellow Ribbon Group, and over 200 in attendance.
The proceeds of the race benefit the Lt. Mark H. Dooley Memorial Fund, which was established by Dooley’s friends at the Wilmington Police Department. Each year the Lt. Mark H. Dooley Memorial Fund donates to the Twin Valley High School athletics program, offers a scholarship through TVHS, and donates to various military support and veteran groups. Additionally, a percentage of the funds is set aside for the construction of a local memorial.
This year a race day raffle was held which in itself yielded a $2,130 donation to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation.
Many thanks are owed to everyone who made this event a successful tribute to the memory of Mark Dooley.
Please mark your calendars for September 21, 2013 for the fifth annual Lt. Mark H. Dooley 5K Race.
Visit www.markdooley5k.com for race photos and results as well as recognition of our many sponsors, supporters, and raffle prize donors.