Lynchburg race to honor hometown hero, Desmond T. Doss

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Next month, runners will take off in a series of races across the country in honor of hometown hero, Desmond T. Doss.

Lynchburg race to honor hometown hero, Desmond T. Doss (WDBJ7)

Organizers say the race will benefit the Desmond Doss Christian Academy and Lynchburg area veterans.

"We wanted to carry on his legacy and his memory and we though what better way to do that then through a run that raises money for the school here that is named after Desmond Doss and for the Lynchburg area Veteran's Council," said Billy Wright, the assistant principal at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy. "This will be a great event for the entire family," he added.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. with special guest, Mayor Joan Foster. The 29th Infantry Division Band will perform the National Anthem and the Medal of Honor citation received by Desmond Doss will be read in his memory with his Medal of Honor on display.

The Kids-K, featuring Lynchburg Hillcat's mascot Southpaw, will start at 2:15 on River Front Park and the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K at Percival's Isle Trail at 3 p.m.

All race participants registering by September 17 are guaranteed a race t-shirt and all finishers will receive a race medal.

This event is open to the public, and designed for the whole family to enjoy. Live music, inflatables and more fun will be on-site throughout the event.

The 10K, 5K and Kids Run will take place on October 8th at Riverfront Park and at the Percival's Island trail in downtown Lynchburg.

You can sign up now through race day.

To register or for more information, visit: desmondtdossmemorialhalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/register/ or desmondtdoss.org/run/