ANDERSON ---- Celebrate Armed Forces Day and honor our veterans by participating in Tri-County Technical College's Patriot Run & Freedom Ride set for Saturday, May 16.

The event will be held at the Anderson Campus located at 511 Michelin Boulevard.  

All proceeds support scholarships for student veterans at Tri-County Technical College.

We're expanding our salute to veterans and active service personnel by adding the motorcycle-based Freedom Ride and Poker Run to the events of the morning, said Tim Bowen, director of the Anderson Campus and coordinator for the event.

"The Tri-County Patriot Run is better than ever. It includes our popular 5K race and one-mile fun run, and this year, we're adding a one-mile Warrior's Walk for all wounded/disabled veterans or anyone who wants to walk in honor of a wounded/disabled veteran," said Bowen.  The race starts and ends at the Anderson Campus. This certified, closed-road course follows Michelin Boulevard, a four-lane highway with a mixture of level terrain and low rolling slopes through rural countryside. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.; the one mile events begin at 9:05 a.m.

The Tri-County Freedom Ride is a new motorcycle Poker Run featuring stops that highlight veteran or active service military themes. Bikes will go out, parade style, at 10:05 a.m. and will be back by 12:15 p.m.  The ride will start and end at the Anderson Campus -- just one mile from the Anderson County Airport - and will last approximately two hours. 

There will be many awards and prizes with each event, along with lots of activities, music, food vendors and more.  "What a great way to spend a Saturday with family and friends while honoring our veterans and recognizing our service men and women on Armed Forces Day," Bowen said.

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