On June 15, 2013 Merced hosted the 4th Annual Run for the Fallen. Members of the community of Merced and the surrounding areas joined in remembrance of local soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. Although the even remembers all local soldiers, this years event was dedicated to the memory of Karina Lau, who lost her life almost 10 years ago when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq.
Registration was FREE and began at 7:00 am. A ceremony remembering the life of Karina Lau started at 7:30 am at the flag pole in Applegate Park. The run began promptly at 8:00 am on the Bear Creek Bike Path.
Many of the families of the fallen soldiers were on hand with memorials, pictures, medals and other items on display. Some of the local groups in attendance were the Buhach Colony High School Cheer Squad, recruits for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, members from Chapter 83 of the American Legion Riders. Active duty soldiers and veterans were also present.
The run started on the Bear Creek Bike Path starting near the flag pole in Applegate Park. The course took runners along the path to McKee Road, where runners crossed the bridge and started back on the other side of Bear Creek. At “G” Street runners would cross the road again and then continue back along the path back to Applegate park. The course was approximately 4.2 miles.
I had the honor of participating in the 4th Annual Run for the Fallen. It was hard not to feel a knot in your chest when viewing the memorials presented by the families of the fallen. Running along Bear Creek is always a great run with plenty of shade. This is a great event I plan on attending each and every year.