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Editor:

On Saturday, Aug. 12, residents of Elko, Spring Creek and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to show their appreciation to our veterans and their families for the service they’ve given and sacrifices made for our country, its Constitution and its values.

The Veterans Resource Center at Great Basin College is sponsoring its second annual Warrior of the Canyon, a family-friendly outdoor walking, cycling and running event, in conjunction with the Elko Velo Cycling Club’s 12th Annual Lamoille Hill Climb.

It’s an opportunity for veterans to connect with other veterans and for all community members to support the kind of alcohol-free activities that can build supportive connections and community pride.

It’s important for us as a community to thank veterans for their service. They deserve that recognition and, what better way is there to demonstrate our gratitude than by pausing in our daily activities to be there for them and cheer them on?

The Warrior of the Canyon has the potential to become a great success by bringing attention to veterans' issues and to our communities. I can envision this event one day bringing veterans and their families from across Nevada and nearby states to our area, but it needs public support to get there!

If you believe as I do, that positive and healthy activities like this event can go a long way to strengthen resilience and resistance to depression, substance use and other negative influences, join our veterans on Aug. 12th.

This veteran event is free. The running and cycling events are limited to veterans, but everyone is welcome to participate in the walk.

In addition to the cycle/run/walk portion, free tethered balloon rides will be offered, along with live bands, a photo booth, games, military and agency vehicle displays, and a noon barbecue.

Walking, bicycling and/or running participants must register. They can do so online at www.campusce.net/gbcnv. They should check in at least 30 minutes before their event.

For event details and times, call 753-2310. Limited registration opportunities will be available on Aug. 12 beginning a 6 a.m. Anyone registering on the day of the event should plan on arriving at least one hour ahead of their event.

Registration is not necessary to enjoy the displays and other features but pre-registering will help Warrior of the Canyon staff know how many people to expect.

The Elko Velo Club’s hill climb costs $40 to register. For information and times, visit www.elkovelo.com/lamoille-hill-climb.

Michael Magney

Coalition Coordinator

PACE Coalition

Elko

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