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Run for the Troops MA, D.B.A. Run for the Troops 5K, is a tax exempt 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation located  in  Andover, MA. This organization was initially formed to help Homes for our Troops build homes engineered for the specific unique needs of our severely injured soldiers.

Each April, we hold a 5K Walk/Run and a community Dinner & Silent Auction to honor our veterans. In addition to funds these events raise awareness of the needs of our soldiers.  The public often forgets the hard human cost for a few to maintain freedom for us all. 

In addition to raising funds to benefit Homes for Our Troops, our mission has expanded to support veteran services provided by Ironstone Farms, Brides Across America and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.

We are grateful for the support from our community, generous race and dinner sponsorship and silent auction donors.  Thank you to all who have helped support our mission and brought us to this – our 8th year. 

I needed to run for a Boston Marathon’s charity program since it was nearly impossible to continue to qualify, since Homes for our Troops could provide me with a number if I raised enough for them because they were an official beneficiary.

The idea of a fun run and pancake breakfast seemed like a good way to raise money.

The events were very successful in raising the required amount.

So after discussing the event with several people about the idea of continuing to raise money and awareness for Homes for our Troops, Run for the Troops 5K was created.

Since many members of my family are veterans, I decided to dedicate the event to them. My mother is a Marine and my father served 30 years in the Navy. Other members that served are Scott Larson and Glen Pennington, Charles Pennington, Craig Pennington, and Hank Jorgensen.

My desire to continue to honor our veterans and support them is fueled by the knowledge of the sacrifices of my family and all of our veterans.

I am also blessed that so many people have come forward to serve on the Run for the Troops committee. Without each and every one of them, along with all of you that attend our events, this event would not be successful.

Thank you

Bill Pennington

I needed to run for a Boston Marathon’s charity program since it was nearly impossible to continue to qualify. Since Homes for our Troops could provide me with a number if I raised enough for them because they were an official beneficiary.

The idea of a fun run and pancake breakfast seemed like a good way to raise money.

The events were very successful in raising the required amount.

So after discussing the event with several people about the idea of continuing of raising money and awareness for Homes for our Troops, Run for the Troops 5K was created.

Since many members my family are l veterans I decided to dedicated the event to them. My mother is a Marine and my father served 30 years in the Navy. Other members that served are Scott Larson and Glen Pennington, Charles Pennington, Craig Pennington, and Hank Jorgensen.

My desire to continue to honor our veterans and support them is fueled by the knowledge of the sacrifices of my family and all of our veterans.

I am also blessed that so many people have come forward to serve on the Run for the Troops committee without each and everyone of them, along with all of you that attend our events this event would not be successful.

Thank you

Bill Pennington

Operation: Blue Pride

Operation Blue Pride’s (OBP) mission is to welcome Veterans into the scuba diving community. OBP provides basic and advanced scuba training and certification to Veterans, regardless of physical or psychological injuries. OBP enables Veterans to participate in scuba training that is adapted for each individual’s needs and in accordance with established certification guidelines.

Ironstone Farm

Employing horses in a working farm environment, Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The two primary programs are Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Therapy – both using the horse’s unique ability to enhance a person’s movements and touch a person’s heart, inspiring strength, hope and encouragement.

Brides Across America

Brides dream of having the perfect dress and a beautiful gown is an essential part of every bride’s special day.  Brides Across America plays a role in making their dreams come true by giving a military or first responder bride a free wedding gown during an “Operation Wedding Gown Event”.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center

The mission of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center is to provide the highest quality of service to assist, support, and advocate for all Veterans and their families in Essex and Middlesex Counties.

Homes for Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

MARINE LCPL MATIAS FERREIRA OF NEW YORK

Matias Ferreira was born in Uruguay, and immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was six, joining the Marines at 19. He took his oath to become an American citizen in September 2010, days before he deployed to Afghanistan as a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. During his first deployment in January 2011, Lance Corporal Ferreira lost both legs and broke his pelvis after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Treated by a Navy Corpsman and medically evacuated to Bagram (Afghanistan) hospital, he was flown to Landstuhl, Germany, and then brought to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

ARMY CORPORAL KEVIN MCCLOSKEY OF PENNSYLVANIA

On June 8, 2008, Army Corporal Kevin McCloskey was driving in a convoy with the 506th Infantry Regiment (4th Brigade), 101st Airborne Division, in Logar Province, Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion resulted in the loss of both his legs, vision loss in his right eye, burns all over his body and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Once he returned to the States, CPL McCloskey underwent 30 surgeries during his stay at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Please make donation checks payable to :
Run for the Troops 5K

Send to:
Run for the Troops 5K
33 Wildwood Road
Andover MA 01810

Race Director
Bill Pennington
Email:  bbgmp@comcast.net

Registration Coordinator
John & Debbie Burke
Email: timers@verizon.net

Volunteer Coordinator

Molly Buka

Email: mbuka@hotmail.com

Team Coordinator
Kerry Phelan
Email:  kphelan18@gmail.com

Social Media Coordinator
T.B.A.

Dinner Coordinator
Tracy Callahan
Email: andoverrftt5k@gmail.com