7th Annual ‘Race The Roof’ 5K set for Saturday morning at Fire Station #3

Lance Corporal Jacob Ross

With the weekend forecast expected to bring in comfortable highs in the 70s, there is a perfect opportunity early Saturday to get out of the house for a great cause, some good health and a delicious brunch if you bring an appetite.

The 7th annual Race The Roof will once again be held at Fire Station #3 on Wenger Drive. The benefit 5K event is all part of the Lance Corporal Jacob Ross Detachment #1425 Scholarship Fund, which contributes to Marines Helping Veterans and Council of Community Services.

The benefit was created in memory of former Gillette resident and Marine Lance Corporal Jacob Ross who competed in soccer and swimming at Campbell County before entering the military. Ross, at age 19, died in 2010 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand province, Afghanistan where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary force and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Fire fighters support the Lance Corporal Jacob Ross Detachment #1425 Scholarship Fund

Race The Roof, a benefit in his Ross’ honor, welcomes everyone of all ages and abilities. It’s open for Crossfit competitors, runners, joggers, walkers and wheelers. The community can help support this cause by signing up individually, as a group of friends, as a family, as a business or even as a sports team.

The goal is to raise money in memory of our hometown hero and put it towards helping others right here in our community.

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“Every penny raised stays right here in Campbell County,” said Lee Boyd, commandant for the Marine Corps League. “We use the money in a lot of ways, like to provide scholarships for local students, provide assistance for local Marines, their families and veterans of all the branches as well as to provide assistance towards the Council of Community Services and Campbell County Fire Station #1 to contribute to their volunteer program.”

Participants are welcome to join the fun by taking part and doing as many laps as they want, fewer than 5K or more than that for the competitive at heart. There are added bonuses for the hardcore as Brown & Gold Crossfit personal will be at the end of each kilometer to encourage a variety of extras such as sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, etc.

For the rest of the runners, joggers, walkers and wheelers, there is something more appealing after everyone’s contribution of laps. A pancake feast will be available for all participants so that no one leaves hungry after the early-morning cardio. There will also be drawings for a variety of prizes for participants.

Pre-event signups have ended but it will be easy to get you, the family or your team involved. Simply show up at 8 a.m. on Wenger Drive (across from the rec center) for race day registration, and running, jogging, walking, wheeling will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

For more questions or more information, contact Boyd at (307) 689-6031.