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Non-profit groups planning Hero Hustle

| May 3, 2019

NEWCOMERSTOWN – The Orange and Black Get Fit workout group and Veterans Helping Veterans are joining forces to bring you the second annual Hero Hustle.

The 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, May 11 and will start and end at Cy Young Memorial Park. A brief ceremony remembering our veterans starts at 8:50 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the event. Cost will be $25 as t-shirts are still available and $15 once they run out. Registration is not required for children ages 8 and under and veterans.

Half of the proceeds from the race will go toward the Veterans Helping Veterans non-Profit group, and the other half will go toward continuing to help Orange and Black Get Fit grow.

“We are called orange and black because we have people coming to our group from Newcomerstown and West Lafayette,” said Autumn Hendershot, who is part of the workout group. “Chad Elliott started Veterans Helping Veterans. He served in Iraq and wanted to give back to veterans. He also has connections in both West Lafayette and Newcomerstown.”

The race was well received last year and Hendershot said they were able to give Elliott about $500 to help get his non-profit started. Her group uses funds from the race to help purchase equipment for their free workout classes.

“We have a lot of moms who come to our group and they will be there pushing their strollers or walking or running with their kids,” Hendershot said. “We try to get a lot of moms involved in our group because they take time to take care of their kids, but also need to take time to make themselves feel better.”

This is not a timed race.

“There are no awards,” Hendershot said. “It’s about coming together and remembering veterans who have passed on. Instead of pinning numbers on to people they get to pin on their back the names of family members or friends they are running for.”

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Josie Sellers

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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