Provided by Prince William County
On May 2, a group of 4-H youth and adult volunteers used their head, hearts, hands and health to run alongside the runners in Virginia Run for the Fallen, for the first mile of their journey. This was a community service initiative to pay tribute to every Virginia military service member who has died while serving, or as a result of serving, during the War on Terror.
Many 4-H’ers chose to run an additional 30 minutes in honor of Mark Stubenhoffer of Springfield, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, who died while serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom on Dec. 7, 2004, at the age of 30.
Virginia Run for the Fallen is a statewide relay foot run that covers 250 miles through 14 counties remembering over 700 fallen.
The 4-H youth have met both virtually and in-person every Monday since October 2020 at the PWC Fairgrounds for Move it Monday!, a PWC 4-H fitness initiative to help keep youth physically fit, physically safe and socially connected during the pandemic.
The Move it Monday! team undertook a 12-week race training program to gear up for the PWC 4-H 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run that was held on May 23 virtually and in-person. Residents from Prince William County, and across the country, were encouraged to participate.
The race proceeds will provide PWC 4-H’ers with invaluable leadership training, member recognition and field trips, as well as scholarships to camps, leadership workshops and state and national events, all through the nonprofit Prince William County 4-H Association.