American Legion Post 133 in Maricopa will host a Veteran's Run on Nov. 7. File photo by Adam Wolfe

The American Legion will be hosting a five-kilometer “Veteran’s Run” on Nov. 7 at Copper Sky Regional Park to raise money for the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, as well as promote healthy living for veterans and members of the community.

“This came about because we were looking for a legion fundraiser and I had read an article on healthy lifestyles,” American Legion Post 133 finance officer Terry Oldfield said. “Being a runner, I thought a 5K would be a good way to go. It will help us raise funds and show the Legion supports healthy living and isn’t just old men sitting around and drinking beer.”

Prior to the run, a flag ceremony is set to begin at 8 a.m. The race is expected to start shortly after at 8:15 a.m., and a pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. for runners and non-runners alike.

“Anyone can come to the pancake breakfast,” Oldfield said. “We know some people don’t want to run, but we welcome everyone. We just ask for a $5 donation.”

The cost to run in the race is $20, and participants can sign up for the event up until the race begins. Pre-registration will start at Copper Sky at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. Participants can also sign up for the race by Oct. 26 and receive a T-shirt.

Registration forms are available at the Bernie G. Crouse American Legion Post 133 located at 44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway in Maricopa or online.

“All the money will go to the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary,” Oldfield said.

All participants are invited to come back to Copper Sky at 6 p.m. for a 1950s themed concert featuring “Come Back Buddy.” The evening event is sponsored by Maricopa Ace Hardware and will be free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best 50s attire, break out their classic cars and enjoy the show.

If You Go …
What: Veteran’s Run & Pancake Breakfast
When: Nov. 7, 8 a.m.
Where: Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Who: Bernie G. Crouse American Legion Post 133
How much: $20
Registration form: