Event to feature food, prizes, music, live entertainment, and family-friendly festivities; all proceeds from race to benefit local military families


WHAT: The public is invited to the 2017 “Challenge a Troop” 5K/1M Military Family Appreciation Event, where 100% of the race proceeds will go to USO Las Vegas to help fulfill its mission of strengthening America’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. Organized by Eventure LLC’s HowDoYou5K Team, the event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m. and the race starting at 9 a.m.

This race and event is a unique opportunity for the community to honor and pay tribute to our local military. Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 runners and supporters including active and retired military, and large teams from Sands Corporation, Wynn Las Vegas, Station Casino, Arcata & Associates, Boyd Gaming, as well as schools and runners from other local companies. All participants will receive Finisher Medals, Race Shirts, and Swag Bags, and Drink Tickets will be available purchase for the Red White & Blue Mimosa Bar & Beer Garden.

The course, which runs through the park, is family friendly and great for competitive or first-time runners or individuals looking to just have fun and support the cause. The race will also hold a friendly competition between local military bases around the Las Vegas Area. Over 50 vendors will be on-site providing entertainment and complimentary food & beverages to race participants and supporters. The event will be open to the public until noon. Food and beverages will be provided by Papa Johns, Port of Subs and the coffee stationed is sponsored by Country Financial and Starbucks. Beats compliments of DJ Irish and entertainment by N’Demand, local high schools dance teams and local military.

Those who are interested in supporting USO Las Vegas, but unable to attend the physical race, can sign up for the Challenge a Troop 5K/1M Virtual Race where participants can run a 5K on their own time or over the next month and still receive a finisher medal and event t-shirt or sponsor a military service member.

WHERE: Craig Ranch Regional Park Amphitheater, 628 W. Craig Road North Las Vegas, NV 89030

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The program is as follows:
* 7:45 a.m.: Registration /Packet Pick Up Opens
* 8:00 a.m.: Pre-race Festivities
* 8:45 a.m.: National Anthem by Maya Thorson, Group Stretch led by F45, Colors presented by TSA Honor Guard and Beats Mixed by DJ Irish
* 9:00 a.m.: 5K Shot Gun Start followed by 1M Walk
* 9:05 a.m.: Get Active with Burn Bootcamp on main stage and Kid Zone Opens
* 9:30 a.m.: Post Race festivities: Live Music, Games, Food & Drinks
* 9:45 a.m.: Award Ceremony: Top 3 Female/Male per Age Group, Overall and Military
* 10:00 a.m.: Live Music (N’Demand) and Entertainment from Culture Shock Las Vegas
* 11:00 a.m.: Raffle Ends & Winners Posted online & on Event App
* 12:00 p.m.: Event Closes

Additional Details:
Creech Air Force Base will be providing an exclusive viewing of an MQ-1B Predator, an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.

About USO Las Vegas:
USO Las Vegas provides a home away from home and a sense of community for the 32,245 active duty troops, 4,760 National Guard personnel, Reservist, and their families based in Southern Nevada by offering a safe, comfortable, and relaxing lounge for service members preparing or coming home from deployment. Both our Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 airport centers offer free non-alcoholic beverages, food, phone cards, Internet and computer usage, and a movie lounge for relaxation and entertainment. USO Las Vegas also offers morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs, deployment and redeployment support to help servicemen and women adjust to the duty ahead, resiliency training for families facing multiple deployments, discreet and compassionate escorts and other support for Families of the Fallen, as well as passenger terminal assistance for troops and loved ones alike. Since 2010, USO Las Vegas has served more than 155,000 troops and their families.

Main Website: www.USO5K.org
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/usolasvegas
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USOLasVegas

About HowDoYou5K:
HowDoYou5K has directed dozens of public and private 5K race events benefiting local charities over the last decade either on behalf of a charity to produce a public fundraiser, or by companies and conferences to produce private 5K’s for their attendees, employees or cause. Regardless of the event size or scope, the HowDoYou5K team enjoys giving back to the community and creates unique experiences for everyone involved. Eventure is also the creator and Race Director for Strip on the Strip™, an annual event since 2014 in the Las Vegas community that has raised thousands of dollars and pounds of clothes in support of local Veteran organizations. HowDoYou5K is excited to expand Strip on the Strip™ into surrounding cities in 2017 that will benefit from the event monetarily and through the clothing drive, as well as bring awareness to the charities and their cause.

EVENTURE is a female-owned and operated, meeting and event planning company with full-service housing coordination and travel agency. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, EVENTURE offers both full service and a-la-carte organization and execution of local, national and international events of all sizes and formats. Our experienced housing and travel specialists, supported by state-of-the-art software, offer Clients a turn-key experience by negotiating and managing all hotel, lodging and transportation and event. Specializing in Sport Tournaments, Medical Travel, and Film & Production, Eventure works with a world-class preferred list of vendors and hospitality partners. In addition to being successful event planners, EVENTURE is also dedicated to giving back. Our work includes assisting with fundraiser events, galas, and 5K races that support local & national charities. To learn how Eventure can help you plan your next big event, visit us online at oureventure.com, call us at (702) 202-2107.