“To say that the blending of our veterans and JROTC youth is mutually beneficial is an understatement.  Those who were part of last year’s inaugural fun run witnessed the bonding between Veterans and youth.  The light in their eyes and the smiles on their faces made me grateful to be a part of it.” 

– George E. Elwell Jr., Ivins City Council & Marine Corp. Veteran

Ivins, UT – The Southern Utah Veterans Home (SUVH) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at their Ivins location.  The event features a 5K race and a 1 mile walk, run & roll for Veterans, individuals with disabilities or community members that would like to show their support for veterans by walking along with them in celebration of Veterans Day.  Proceeds from the day’s race registrations and community sponsors will be donated onsite, post-race to the Washington County JROTC program.

For the 2 year-old skilled nursing facility, community engagement plays an integral role in providing the best possible quality of life for their residents and events like the Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run provide an opportunity to bring people of all ages together to pay homage to the dedication of our nation’s soldiers.  Explained Community Relations Director, Vie Van Noy, “The Southern Utah Veterans Home not only serves Veterans but we also strive to support currently deployed soldiers and the future soldiers and military leaders of our country. The Washington County JROTC helps develop young men and women to be great soldiers, leaders and responsible community members. For Veterans Day, we want to bring as many people together as possible to support and celebrate those who have, do and will fight for our freedoms.”

“It seems appropriately fitting that the Veterans Home is hosting this Fun Run, Walk & Roll to benefit the JROTC program which imbues within our youth, male and female Cadets, the attributes demonstrated by our Veterans such as leadership, discipline, service and patriotism.” said Elwell.

The race day festivities will kick off with the JROTC Color Guard posting the colors at 9:30 am followed by the 1 mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll led by Cadet Dayne Nourse.  Cadet Nourse suffers from a form of brittle bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. As a result of the disease, Dayne has been in a wheelchair since he was 8. In spite of his disability, Nourse shows strength in many ways and his dream was to be a soldier and serve his country.  Though today Cadet Norse may not have a way to serve in the military, he is enthusiastic in his support of veterans and the Air Force JROTC program that he is extremely proud to be a part of.

Cadet Nourse’s father, Dick Nourse, now retired, was the longest running news anchor in the top time slot at KSL.  His 43 year long career is definitely something to be proud of, but for Nourse, the young Cadet’s strength and courage are a source of overwhelming pride.  The retired news anchor will be on hand to support his son, the AFJROTC, and the veteran residents of SUVH.  The SUVH team is excited about and looking forward to including the Nourse family as part of the event.

Registration for the event is available online now, but says Van Noy, “Spectating is free!  We’d love to see the community come out to enjoy the event and support our local veterans.  The opportunity to walk a mile with veterans who’ve served our country and fought for our freedoms is priceless.  And so is the opportunity to support our future military leaders.”

Please join the Southern Utah Veterans Home for this community event and an opportunity to tour the campus post-event.

2nd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run Event Details:

Race Location:  Race will start and end at Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 North 200 East, Ivins, UT 84738

Event Schedule: 

7:30 a.m. Same Day Registration Opens

9:30 a.m. Color Guard Posting of Colors

9:45 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll* Start

10:00 a.m. 5K Start

11:45 a.m. Donation Check Presentation to JROTC

Entry Fees:

Earlybird Pre-Registration (by October 16): $25 for 5K, $15 for 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll (All Earlybird registration fees include 2nd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run t-shirt and participation dog tag.)

Family Registration $75 (5 person limit).

General Registration (after October 16th): $35 for 5K, $15 for 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll (General registration fees include 2nd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run t-shirt and participation dog tag while supplies last.)

For Registration & Online Payment:  Register on Active.com – Select the “Mud Runs & Fun Runs” option under the “Running & Sports” tab at the top of the page.  Then enter “Ivins, UT” in the search bar and select the “Veterans Day 5K/1 Mile Fun Run”

To Register In Person: Visit the Southern Utah Veterans Home at: 160 N. 200 East, Ivins, UT 84738

Course Description: Relatively flat out and back course with periodic slight inclines.

*Roll Participants using wheelchair or motorized wheelchairs must be accompanied by a walking participant.

For questions regarding registration or for additional event information please contact: Vie Van Noy, SUVH Community Relations Director at: Office 435-634-5220 or Cell 435-619-9663.

The Southern Utah Veterans Home is able to share this event with the Southern Utah community because, and in appreciation of the gracious support from the following sponsors: City of Ivins; Avalon Healthcare; Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter; Cherry Creek Radio; CrossFit; Red Mountain Market; Hungry Howies.

About Southern Utah Veterans Home

Our business puts people first and was founded on the principles that recognize the worth of every individual. Our success depends upon our ability to create and maintain a nurturing environment where individuality is promoted and dignity is preserved.

We provide patients the most affordable, high-quality services for all recognized Utah veterans, spouses and surviving spouses who require short term rehab or long term nursing home care as defined by the VA or Medicare and as certified by a physician.

Our admissions are overseen by a team process available 7 days a week that includes the Administrator, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Admission’s Coordinator and other staff members needed to support a successful transition into the Southern Utah Veterans Home.


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