4th annual Steps ‘n Salutes Green Beret 5K

on The Scenic Little Miami River Trail in Loveland, OH

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (September 8, 2021) – This Saturday, September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States bringing to the ground the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, damaging the Pentagon, and bringing a plane down in a Pennsylvania field stunning the people of our nation.  

The Loveland Police and Fireman’s Memorial (Chuck Gibson)

Loveland, Ohio will be the site of multiple events on this day of remembrance with a memorial planned by the city to honor the fallen and all the first-responder heroes. The early morning will also feature The Loveland Frogman race. It is only fitting, one of the key events of the day will help raise awareness and honor the Green Beret’s. The 4th Annual Steps ‘n Salutes Green Beret 5K live run/walk is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. on The Scenic Little Miami Trail at the trailhead by Nisbet Park. The 2021 race benefits the Green Beret Foundation and honors the memorial of that fateful day twenty years ago. Char Cooper, race co-chairperson says honoring the memory of that day is a big part of the race this year.

Start of Green Beret 5K 2019 (File Photo Chuck Gibson)

“We have the live one being held in Loveland because we’re going with the Run. Walk. Remember. The 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 moment in our history,” said Cooper. “That’s the theme this year. We’ll have the live event in Loveland and it can be run virtual anywhere in the world.”

COVID brought about the virtual aspect of the race last year and proved to be a huge addition with participation from people in 45 different states and 12 countries in 2020. That opportunity is available again this year allowing people to set their paces from their backyard, to neighborhood trails, or anywhere in the world they choose. You can run, walk, stroll, cycle, skateboard or move any way you please as long as you register and complete the 5K between now and October 19, 2021.

For live participants in Loveland, if past Steps ‘n Salutes Green Beret 5K’s are any indicator, the event promises to be a day of running, walking and fun supporting Green Beret’s and their families. Participants will receive “Cool Green Beret Inspired Swag”  with shirts, medals and more. The event will also feature Executive Director and former Green Beret Brent Cooper as the featured speaker for the live race in Loveland.

CLICK HERE to register, donate, or learn more about the Green Beret 5K event.

RUN. WALK. REMEMBER.  9/11/21 “Steps ‘n Salutes Green Beret 5K”

The Scenic Little Miami River Trail, Loveland, OH

9:30 a.m start (Run live 9/11 or run virtual 9/11-10/19)

Along with the Live 5K on the trail in Loveland, the Green Beret Foundation has two other events launching Saturday, September 11. The Fair On the Square is a Marathon, Half- Marathon and 5K run/walk happening in Danville, Indiana.

CLICK HERE to visit the link with more about that special event benefitting the Green Beret Foundation.  

Maybe one of the most significant events of the day is the start of the GREAT AMERICAN RELAY beginning Saturday, 9/111/2021 in Boston, MA. near the Boston Marathon Finish Line, the relay will cross through cities and states all across America (including Ohio) ending at the Santa Monica Pier in California on 10/19/2021. The relay is intended to honor Green Berets, Police officers and Firefighters across the nation.

“This also starts on 9/11. It starts about two blocks from the Boston Marathon Finish Line,” Char Cooper explained. “It is a running relay that goes across the country. It goes about 3,000 miles and is divided into 415 stages and will end up on the Santa Monica Pier in California on October 19.”

October 19, is the day the Green Beret Cavalry landed in Afghanistan and made their first direct entry into Afghanistan.

“What makes this special to people in Cincinnati and other parts of the country is each stage will be dedicated in honor of, or in memory of a Green Beret, other military personnel, a firefighter or a police officer,” said Cooper. “Anyone in the country, or anyone who registers, can have a stage or leg designated in honor of, or memory of one of these members of the line – so to speak.”

You can send your submission for a designated stage to: dedications@greatamericanrelay.com (Include name, rank-where applicable, and photo) The Great American Relay proceeds will support the Green Beret Foundation, Firefighter 5 Foundation, and C.O.P.S this year.

The Great American Relay will cross through Ohio September 20-22 with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose as the lead runner for stage 119. The state is dedicated in memory of Green Beret and SGT 1st Class Dan Crabtree. Stage 120 in Ohio is dedicated in honor of Green Beret Major Darren Baldwin. He is the son of Fran Wesseling, Green Beret Foundation National Board Member, resident of the Loveland, Ohio area and founder/organizing power behind the Cincinnati Classics Events Weekend (September 11-12, 2021). In just five years, the events have generated over $1.7 million for the Green Beret Foundation. Her son Darren sustained severe incapacitating injuries in Iraq. Expenses not covered by VA and Military Insurance have been covered by the Green Beret Foundation.

“Wesseling truly turned lemons into lemonade through her efforts in Cincinnati,” Cooper said.

CLICK HERE to register or donate for the Great American Relay

CLICK HERE for more about the Green Beret Foundation.