JROTC event to honor fallen soldier
The JROTC at Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett will host the first Chris Stark 5K and 10K run on Saturday, March 9.
United States Army Specialist Christopher Glenn Stark, age 22, of Monett, was killed in action on Feb. 28, 2011, in COP Tangi, Afghanistan. Stark was the son of Teresa Stark and the late Jeffrey Allen Stark.
Stark graduated from Monett High School with the Class of 2007. While in school at Monett he participated in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He was also among the first group of cadets to launch the JROTC program at Southwest Area Career Center, in Monett.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army in August 2008. Stark served with the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion 20th Support Command and was stationed at Fort Polk, La.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Monett City Park beginning at Chris Stark's Memorial Bench. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Teresa Stark will be the honorary starter.
"JROTC is really excited to be sponsoring a run in honor of Spec. Chris Stark," said Lt. Col. Maella Blalock. "This is a great way to remember him. Soldiers like to be remembered with spirit and pride."
Pre-registration fee is $20 and $25 on the day of the race. Team registration is $60 for four runners. The entry fee is non-refundable and the event will be held rain or shine.
Fifty percent of the proceeds will go toward the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial Foundation.
The EOD Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of fallen EOD warriors by providing for maintenance and upkeep of the physical memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The foundation funds and facilitates the annual EOD Memorial Ceremony and Ball, and provides scholarships to family members of active duty, former, retired, and fallen members of the EOD community.
The EOD Unit from Fort Leonard Wood will be running in the event and soldiers that served with Stark will be participating.
Each registered participant will receive a T-shirt honoring Stark. Awards will be presented for teams and individuals in both races. There will be a post-race awards ceremony and food and drinks will be furnished. Random prizes will be awarded from local businesses and goody bags will be given to the first 100 to pre-register.
For more information, call Lt. Col. Maella Blalock, JROTC at 235-7022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.