The run will be fun, but the cause is serious.

Selah's third annual Run to Remember Fallen Heroes is Monday (July 11) at Robert Lince Elementary School, 316 W. Naches Ave. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and the run takes off at 9.

The event honors the service and keeps alive the memory of Americans lost in overseas combat. The family of Army Capt. Aaron Blanchard -- a Selah native who was killed in action April 23, 2013, in Afghanistan's Logar province -- organized this year's run.

"We wanted to mark the sacrifice made by Aaron and by so many others," Blanchard's mother, Laura Schactler, explained in a news release. "This is a small thing we can do to support our men and women in service, and the USO, which serves us all so well."

Since its beginnings back in 2014, the run has raised nearly $11,000 for charities that support service people and their families, according to Schactler.

Families who have lost loved ones in overseas combat are invited to share their heroes' names on the Run to Remember's website.

The run, which has drawn up to 150 entrants from across the Northwest in the past, is sponsored by the USO, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima, Kimmel Athletic Supply Co., Red Apple Markets, Long Ranch, Central Washington Insurance Agency, Graf Investments, Pingrey Ford, Joel's Tires, Pacific Steel & Recycling, Brian Harris Used Cars, Montoya Hinkley Law Firm, Kirk and Becky Rupert, and Corky Holloway.

For more information contact Karl Blanchard, 509-833-7774, or Schactler, 509-697-3769.


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