Lincoln Land Community College’s Veterans Club invites runners to participate in the 10th and final Brian McMillen Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run Saturday, May 27 beginning at 8 a.m. on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The event offers a 5K run/walk and a 10K run. Registrations are being accepted now.
Participants may register online for the run/walk at http://getmeregistered.com/BMcMVeterans5k through noon, Friday, May 26. Registrations also are accepted the day of the event. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who are registered by Monday, May 15. Cost for the 5K run/walk is $20 prior to race day and $25 on race day; the 10K run (ages 14 and over only) is $30 prior to and $35 on race day. Awards are being presented in several categories.
Brian McMillen, an LLCC alum and Illinois State Trooper, served as a Technical Sergeant in the Air National Guard and spent two years of active duty with the Air Force in Saudi Arabia and Romania. He worked in the LLCC Veterans Office while an LLCC student, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He was pursuing a master’s degree when he lost his life at age 24 in the line of duty with the Illinois State Police.
The Veterans Club began the annual run/walk event to honor Brian’s legacy and to raise funds to establish the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship, which provides financial support to veterans attending LLCC. McMillen will continue to be honored by the LLCC Veterans Club and through the endowed scholarship, which will assist LLCC students for many years to come. The run/walk has been organized the past 10 years through a joint effort of the LLCC Veterans Club, LLCC staff, Illinois State Police and Illinois Air National Guard.
The Brian McMillen family states, “The run on Memorial Day weekend was so appropriate—to help the veterans as Brian tried to help with their financial needs while working in the Veterans Office at LLCC. To have so many people come together to remember Brian means more to us than any of you will ever know; it has been a big part of our healing process…To LLCC, 183rd Fighter Wing, ISP, all sponsors, donors and participants, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Run/walk participants can also support their local high school athletic programs through the Brian’s Challenge Grant. The $500 grant is presented to the high school athletics department that has the highest number of runners/walkers participating in the event. Participants do not need to be high school athletes.
In acknowledgment of the support over the past 10 years of the McMillen Run/Walk, an after party is being held at the Chatham VFW Post 4763, 501 W. Mulberry St. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The band, Off the Wall, will perform from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ticket costs are: ages 16 and older, $20; ages 5-15, $5; ages 5 and under, free. Ticket price includes admission, food and soda.
The LLCC Veterans Club was established to engage students and community members in service activities supporting veterans. Services include supporting troops overseas, performing local volunteer work, raising money to fund scholarships and assisting veterans in need.