TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis Air Force Base service members, their families and community supporters are again taking to the track this month for Viking Challenge to raise money for the Fisher House on base.
This year, Viking Challenge is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Golden West Middle School’s track and fitness center.
The Viking Challenge is an endurance run for teams of eight to 20 people, with all of the money raised during the challenge going to fund the Fisher House. The Fisher House provides a place to stay for veterans, service members and their families while getting treatment at adjacent David Grant Medical Center.
There will also be food and refreshments provided by Travis booster clubs, raffles, bounce castles and other activities for the entire family. There will be children’s runs, divided by age groups. Last year, 29 teams participated in the event, ran a total of more than 2,000 miles and raised more than $7,000 for Fisher House.
The goal is to field 40 teams this year. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, according to the event’s Facebook page. To sign up, go to https://beta.active.com/fairfield-ca/running/races/viking-challenge-2013/. Golden West Middle School is located at 2651 DeRonde Drive.
Capt. Matthew Hood, one of Viking Challenge’s organizers, said he is looking forward to getting more teams from the community that surrounds Travis to help “the very important mission of the Fisher House,” according to a press release.
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