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February 12, 2014
 

Race on the Base: A great big welcome from the City of Los Alamitos

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Race on the Base family photo. Courtesy photo.

The following information was released by the City of Los Alamitos.

City of Los Alamitos Welcomes 2014 with Race on the Base

As we welcome 2014, the City of Los Alamitos invites you to start the year right by participating in the Southland Credit Union Los Alamitos Race on the Base on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Race on the Base began over 32 years ago as a marathon and 10K through the streets of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor and has evolved and expanded to provide events for all ages and abilities.

The race moved to the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in the year 2000 and has since been held on the airfield runways.

The event features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course of nine different events including: the 5K Run, 5K Walk, 10K Run, 10K Inline Skate, 10K Wheelchair/Handcycle, Mission: 1K Kids Run, Jr. Reverse Triathlon and the very popular Reverse Triathlon which was sold out, for the first time, last year!

Remarkable stories, inspirational milestones

The success of last year’s Race on the Base is measured not only by the impressive number of registrations and attendees, but also by several remarkable stories of people and groups whose participation were considered as special inspiring milestones.

The Chief Combat Advisor who organized the event mailed this flag to the City of Los Alamitos as a thank you for allowing the soldiers in a Regional Support Command-Capital, part of NATO, Training Mission - Afghanistan to participate in the Race on the Base Shadow Run - Afghanistan sponsored by Trident University.  The flag in the group photo was also carried on a combat mission the day prior, and flew over Camp Phoenix after the run throughout the day.

Soldiers in a Regional Support Command-Capital, part of NATO, Training Mission – Afghanistan participate in the Race on the Base Shadow Run – Afghanistan sponsored by Trident University.

Most notably, on April 26, 2013, soldiers in a Regional Support Command-Capital, part of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, participated in the Race on the Base 10K “Shadow Run” sponsored by Trident University.

Approximately 110 U.S. soldiers, eight Australian soldiers, ten Romanian soldiers, and two Canadian soldiers participated in the run, composed of many small teams of advisors to the Afghan Army and Police.

Branches of military represented included the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Through Trident University’s sponsorship, the 2013 Race on the Base race shirts and bibs were shipped to Afghanistan for the participants.

The Chief Combat Advisor who organized the event mailed a US flag to the City of Los Alamitos as a thank you for allowing the soldiers to participate in the Race on the Base Shadow Run – Afghanistan.

The flag was carried on a combat mission the day before the run, and then flew over Camp Phoenix after the run throughout the day. The flag is now proudly displayed with a few other Race memorabilia at the Los Alamitos Community Center.

Also around this time last year, over 3,000 miles away in Massachusetts, eighth grader Alyssa was preparing for her journey to California to compete in Race on the Base’s 5K event.

It may seem like a long journey for a 5K race, but it was not Alyssa’s first time nor will it be her last.

Thirteen-year-old Alyssa embarked on an ambitious journey: to run a race in each of the 50 states and selected Race on the Base as her California destination race along with Honoring Our Fallen as her selected charity.

Race on the Base is honored to have been Alyssa’s personal choice. She will always be remembered as one of our special participants.

Race on the Base also had another special participant in the Mission: 1K Kid’s Run — six-and-a-half-year-old Tejas, a Redondo Beach resident.

At his young age, Tejas has already undergone two reconstructive surgeries for a rare orthopedic condition called Tibial Hemimelia, a partial or total absence of the tibia.

The tibia is the bigger, thicker bone in the lower leg which bears most of your weight and is a key element of both the knee joint and ankle joint because it supports the calf muscle and allows for movement of the foot.

The condition and severity of Tibial Hemimelia varies for each person. For Tejas, it means that he only has 89% of his lower leg bone. He wears a 1.25” lift on the outside of his shoe and has gone through many casts and braces.

On race day, family, friends, and supporters stopped by the Mission: 1K Kid’s Run at 9 a.m. to cheer on our awesome trooper, Tejas, as well as the rest of the kids as they raced across the finish line!

Charities

Aside from being a part of such inspiring stories, Race on the Base takes pride in its involvement with charities.

The Race planning team developed a charity campaign that includes Community Charity Partners and Official Charity Partners.

These two tiers allow non-profit organizations to fundraise for their cause by participating in the event.

This new type of involvement serves to increase community participation and awareness of the event as well as the charities.

Participation in Race on the Base assisted six charities to raise over $26,900 to be contributed back to their organizations, which also includes the City’s contribution of $10,000 to the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) at the JFTB.

Race on the Base Official Charity Partners include:

  • The JFTB Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) is a network of support and leisure services designed for use by soldiers (Active, Reserve, and Guard) and their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants. Your participation in Race on the Base events serves as an excellent chance to support the military at the Joint Forces Training Base. The City of Los Alamitos will be collecting contributions and matching funds up to $10,000 through this effort to benefit MWR.
  • Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) supports 9,800 students — every child, at every level in every school in the Los Alamitos Unified School District — by providing additional teacher grants, offering summer and afterschool enrichment classes, and providing special workshops year round!For every LAEF affiliated participation in Race on the Base, LAEF will receive $5.00 back to the organization.
  • Honoring Our Fallen is an organization dedicated to serving our nation’s fallen and the families these heroes have left behind by providing comprehensive support. This organization offers family support upon death of a military or first-responder hero, lifetime family support through programs and services that support families during the cycles of grief and remembrance of sacrifice.

Today, Race on the Base has become the signature event for the City of Los Alamitos and the largest reverse triathlon event in the USA.

Participation in the event has steadily increased the last few years, especially with the addition of the Reverse Triathlon in 2009.

Its remarkable success would not be possible without the volunteer efforts from Los Alamitos area service clubs, churches, individuals and families who participate each year.

Additionally, it is made possible by Southland Credit Union, the Title Sponsor for the fourth year in a row, as well as all of the generous sponsors who help make Race on the Base bigger and better year after year.

In addition to all the exciting events it offers for different age groups to participate in, Race on the Base also features a distinctive safe-wick moisture management long-sleeved shirt for all participants and volunteers, free breakfast or lunch for all racers, 2-day vendor expo, free race clinics, and finisher medals.

The Vendor Expo is filled with an exciting variety of more than sixty vendors from all over Los Alamitos and neighboring cities to provide race participants and spectators with a fun filled day!

From chiropractic care to fitness equipment, from music to clothing, from charity groups to your local credit union, all participants and spectators are encouraged to visit each and every vendor for great give-a-ways, helpful information, and the best new items in the business.

Whether you’re looking for activities for the kids or want to know where you can volunteer in the City, this will be the place for you!

Come early and stay late!

The Expo will be available Friday, Feb. 21 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., allowing all participants and visitors enough time to visit with the representatives from each and every vendor.

Start of the 5k race at Race on the Base. Photo courtesy of the City of Los Alamitos.

Start of the 5k race at Race on the Base. Photo courtesy of the City of Los Alamitos.

Registration is ongoing

Whether you’re an avid Race on the Base fan who participates every year, or a beginner still deciding whether you should join, don’t forget to mark your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Southland Credit Union Race on the Base on February 22, 2014!

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