The USO Las Vegas, in partnership with Eventure, LLC hosted the Inaugural Challenge a Troop 5K on Saturday, October 31st at Craig Ranch Regional Park.
Emceed by Ricardo Laguna, Pro BMX Rider and Realty TV Star, the event attracted more than 500 runners and over 20 vendors from the local community to support the military and our community. North Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem of North Las Vegas Pamela Goynes-Brown kicked off the event with the National Anthem sung by Wendy Colburn from the TSA Honor Guard who also presented colors before the event was kicked off with a shot gun from a hot air balloon making for a memorable start for runners and spectators. Post Activities included Tommy Ward who sang America the Beautiful, followed by a stand up performance by comedian Louie Anderson and music from Mark Shunock and cast members from Rock of Ages). Placement medals were handed out by 2015 Miss Nevada, Amanda Gibbons, Captain America, and talented Day of the Dead Stilt Walkers.
"It was an honor to perform with my fellow cast members for our local USO,” said Mark Shunock from the cast of Rock of Ages. “It means the world to us as a cast to be included in such an amazing event. I look forward to working with the USO again soon.”
Our friends from Love is in the Air Ballooning brought out their Hot Air Balloon to the park and offered tethered Hot Air Balloon rides to runners and supporters, donating half the proceeds back to the USO Las Vegas. Segway Las Vegas also made an appearance and allowed supporters free lessons and rides through the park on the Segway.
The USO Las Vegas wants to personally thank the sponsors who helped make this event successful, including Wynn Las Vegas, the Cannery Hotel and Casino, Aliante Hotel and Casino, Dignity Health, Dell Military, United Healthcare, America Military University, Navy Federal Credit Union, Supreme Lending, American Patriot Solar Community, Roseman University, Lockheed Martin, Eastridge Workforce Solutions, Real Water, Raising Canes and F45.
The Challenge is Still on! You can still sign up here to participate in the Virtual Challenge a Troop 5K or for those who missed the race and would still like to contribute to the cause, please visit www.uso.org/DonateLasVegas.
About USO Las Vegas
USO Las Vegas provides a home away from home and a sense of community for the 32,245 active duty troops, 4,760 National Guard personnel, Reservist, and their families based in Southern Nevada by offering a safe, comfortable, and relaxing lounge for service members prepare or are coming home from deployment. Both our Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 airport centers offer free non-alcoholic beverages, food, phone cards, Internet and computer usage, and a movie lounge for relaxation and entertainment. USO Las Vegas also offers morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs, deployment and redeployment support to help servicemen and women adjust to the duty ahead,resiliency training for families facing multiple deployments, discreet and compassionate escorts and other support for Families of the Fallen, as well as passenger terminal assistance for troops and loved ones alike. Since 2010, USO Las Vegas has served more than 155,000 troops and their families. For more information, visit www.USO.org/LasVegas
For more content visit the following sites!
Main Website: http://www.uso5k.org/
Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/usolasvegas
Race Day Video: http://youtu.be/Y5jk9NORoY
About the USO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHQCmKWQJuI
EVENTURE, LLC is honored to be race directing the Challenge a Troop 5K being held in Las Vegas, NV on October 31st as well as the Challenge a Troop 5K Virtual until October 31st. EVENTURE, LLC is a female owned and operated modern meeting and event planning firm based in Las Vegas, NV. From idea to execution, EVENTURE offers full service and a la carte coordination of all sizes, whether an intimate board retreat or an annual convention with thousands of attendees. EVENTURE specializes in medical and healthcare tourism and the film and production industry with a focus on corporate events, hotel room blocks and conventions. With over a decade of experience in the industry and working with clients from around the world, EVENTURE’s tenure in Las Vegas has assembled a world-class preferred list of vendors and hospitality partners to ensure all arrangements are handled by the best in the business. EVENTURE knows doing business in Las Vegas is also about giving back, and has dedicated their resources to assist in fundraiser events, galas and 5k runs for a number of local charities including U.S. Vets, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Opportunity Village, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, U.S. Vets, USO Las Vegas, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Catholic Charities.