Schwab hosts race to support veterans

Businesses, charities and community join forces to host 3-mile run

Posted 6/27/17

To support those who served their country, a 3-mile race decorated with red, white and blue will raise support for veterans in Lone Tree.

“We want this to be about Lone Tree,” said Chris Hermen, technical product manager for Charles Schwab …

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Schwab hosts race to support veterans

Businesses, charities and community join forces to host 3-mile run

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To support those who served their country, a 3-mile race decorated with red, white and blue will raise support for veterans in Lone Tree.

“We want this to be about Lone Tree,” said Chris Hermen, technical product manager for Charles Schwab and one of the creators and key organizers of the race. “We want this to be about all the local businesses coming together for the greater good… What an awesome opportunity to the community and for (Schwab) to be a part of the cause.”

The Lone Tree Freedom Race is an event hosted by Charles Schwab in partnership with the Colorado Veterans Project, the City of Lone Tree, Coventry Development and South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The run and walk begins at 8 a.m. July 9 and runners begin and end at the Charles Schwab campus, 9800 Schwab Way in Lone Tree.

In addition to the race, the event will feature a live band and local retailers.

People can register at freedomrace.org or register the day of the race. All ages are welcome. The race is $40 for an adult runner, $32 for runners under 18 and free for seniors older than 60.

All proceeds from race registration, donations and sponsorships will be equally distributed to the Comitis Crisis Center, Veterans Passport to Hope and USS Colorado Commissioning Committee. The nonprofits will be present at the race.

Each of the 3-mile runs and walks are themed red, white and blue and each mile is dedicated to one of the charities.

“There is a large veteran-supporting population in Colorado,” said Rob Bingham, president of the Colorado Veterans Project, a charity partner for the race. “With Lone Tree booming, I think it makes sense that we host an event to thank veterans for their service.”

The Military Veterans Network, a group of Charles Schwab employees who are veterans or who are passionate about veteran services, decided to create the race to raise support and reach out to the local community.

The cause is important to Hermen, a U.S Marine Corps veteran.

“I have an understanding and a connection to the cause,” Hermen said. “There are a lot of veterans out there in a variety of walks of life who need out support… Our veterans need us and our support and this is a way to do that.”

Charles Schwab , Lone Tree, veterans, Stephanie Mason

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