BANGOR, Maine — U.S. Army Maj. Jim Karcanes, Husson University women’s cross country coach, and his team of runners created a race last year to benefit children of fallen soldiers.
The second annual Run for the Children is scheduled for Oct. 2, with all proceeds going toward college scholarships for children of those killed while serving in the military, said Darryl Lyon, vice president of the Maine Infantry Foundation.
Participants can sign up for a 1-mile fun run, which starts at 9 a.m. at the field house, or a 5K race that begins at 10 a.m.
The funds raised also could be used for hardship grants for families of soldiers deployed, said Lyon, a major in the Maine Army National Guard.
The nonprofit Maine Infantry Foundation was formed more than a year ago to support Maine’s only infantry unit — Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion of the 172nd Mountain Infantry, based in Brewer.
The foundation, which oversees the scholarship and hardship grant programs, also is nearing completion of a memorial conference room at the Brewer Armory to honor Bravo Company’s fallen, Lyon said. The unit lost two soldiers to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006.
Around 60 people participated in the 1-mile fun run and the 5K race last year, said Karcanes, who also is the Husson ROTC enrollment officer.
The cost to participate in the run is $12 for Husson students or alumni and $15 for others. Those interested in pre-registering for the race or who want more information can contact Karcanes at 581-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.