An upcoming 5K race/walk will benefit Milford veterans.
The Milford Bank will host its second annual Milford Moves 5K on Sunday, June 12, with proceeds going to Milford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and the American Legion.

Jorge Santiago, senior vice president at The Milford Bank, hopes to raise $5,000 for the veterans’ groups: His reach goal is $10,000.

Last year was the first year for the event. Santiago organized it as a way to promote a healthy community. He wasn’t sure a bank could successfully organize this kind of event, and when 250 people showed up to participate, he was more than pleased.

He said he learned a lot that first year, such as ending a 5K at the beach wasn’t a great idea. “People don’t want to end a race running in the sand,” he said with a laugh.

So the route has been reworked this year, and excludes the sand.

The walk/run will begin at Gulf Beach and travel to the green and back.

The first year the event just broke even: it costs about $7,000 to pay for a race director, portable bathrooms, timers and police. This second time around, with experience under their belts, bank representatives anticipate proceeds, which will all go to the local veterans’ groups.

“We wanted to put a hyper local face on this,” Santiago said, adding that Milford veterans will be on hand the day of the race.

Tom Flowers, chairman of the Milford Veterans, Ceremony and Parade Commission, said Milford veterans are extremely thankful to Milford Bank for directing proceeds to the local veterans’ organizations.

“The profits from the race will be shared by the four Veterans' Service Organizations (VSO's) resident in Milford,” Flowers said. “American Legion Post 196, VFW Post 7788, Chapter 15 of The Disabled American Veterans, and Chapter 251 of The Vietnam Veterans of America. While the everyday missions of these VSOs may vary to some extent, the core mission of all of our VSOs is veterans administration and rehabilitation. Monies generated from Milford Moves For Our Veterans will go strictly to that core mission."

Other groups and businesses in town are already stepping up to help, including the Police Benevolent Association, Napoli Deli and the Milford Produce Market. HAN Network has signed on as an event sponsor.

Everyone, regardless of fitness level, is welcome to participate.

All participants will receive a race T-shirt and finisher photo. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners, along with age category winners. All participants under the age of 18 will receive participation recognition.

Sponsorship begins at $250 and will include free advertising. For more information, contact Santiago at 203-783-5700 or jsantiago@milfordbank.com.

Race day registration will be 6:30-7:30 a.m., and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Online registration is open. Go to Milfordbank.com for registration information.

“The race is right before Flag Day,” Santiago said, “so it really fits the theme.”