On May 20th, celebrate Armed Forces Day and commemorate the 101st Anniversary of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) by running the AJ Arnett 5K Honor Run.
Online registration is now open for 2017 here. There will also be ’MORNING OF’ REGISTRATION starting at approximately 7:15 am at the CLHS campus. Fees are $28 for individual and $25 for family discount. There is also a discount for military service.
NEW for 2017: Early packet pickup at the Indiana Army National Guard Armory on Cook Road on Thursday May 18th from 5 to 8.
SPC AJ Arnett is a 2004 Concordia graduate and a US Army veteran of the Iraq War. A.J. deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in January 2005. On July 13, while on patrol in Baghdad, A.J. was seriously wounded in a car bomb attack that resulted in the death of one soldier and seriously wounding another soldier in his squad.
2016 Age Group Results may be found here in a printable pdf on the VeepRaces Results page.
Searchable 2016 Results may be found here.
AJ is well known to the area running community and is an example to others in dedication and perseverance. His full biography is below.
Race start is Saturday morning at 8:30 am. The race starts and finishes at Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St Joe River Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
The race will start with a cannon blast and there will be other activities for persons of all ages that will highlight the contribution of the JROTC.
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AJ Arnett Biography:
SPC A.J. Arnett, a 2004 Concordia Lutheran High School graduate, was the 2003 CLHS JROTC Battalion Color Guard Commander and the Commander of Snap Squad and Adventure Training Teams. He also was a member of the 2004 All SAC Track Team during his senior year.
A.J. entered the U.S. Army in June of 2004, leaving the day after graduation. He received his initial training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman. A.J. was subsequently assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, after completing Basic and Advanced Infantry School.
A.J. deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in January 2005. On July 13, while on patrol in Baghdad, A.J. was seriously wounded in a car bomb attack that resulted in the death of one soldier and seriously wounding another soldier in his squad.
Suffering shrapnel and blast wounds to his leg, A.J. underwent multiple surgeries to repair the extensive damage to his leg. At one point, he was told that he would never run again, but A.J. persevered and continues to run multiple long distance events.
A.J.’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Expert Driver’s Badge (W), Unit Awards: Presidential Unit Citation, and French Fourragere.
The race is an affiliate race of Veep Races and has been selected for inclusion to encourage support for this great cause.
Veep Races highlights the race for runners and athletes who participate in our other events.