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Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL — It’s Our Turn, Inc. will host its 7th annual 10K and 5K race on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:00 am in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Memorial Day Veterans 10K & 5K will continue its five-year race series honoring each branch of the United States Armed Forces. The 2020 theme is dedicated to America’s Navy. Don’t miss out on the unique Navy theme finisher’s medal, or the chance to collect all five branch medals and a commemorative five-year gift. All proceeds go to local Veterans in need.

“Our Armed Forces go through a lot even after they’ve returned from deployment, and sometimes need a hand up, so now it’s our turn to give back,” says Allen Carsten, head of a Veterans group in Charlotte County. “Those who make it home have scars, and some we can’t see.” As a Veteran himself, Carsten found healing in starting up The Veterans Group at his local church, Deep Creek Community Church. “Reaching out to help another person, there’s great healing in that. That’s what it’s all about.” Composed of men who have served in our Armed Forces and First Responders, The Veterans Group began visiting homeless Veterans in Charlotte County in late 2013. “It’s about physically and spiritually making a difference in a someone’s life who sacrificed and fought for our freedom,” says Carsten.

The Memorial Day Race enables The Veterans Group to help both Veteran initiative organizations and individual Veterans in the community.

“This is truly all of ‘Our Turn’ to show we care and give all that we can for those that have sacrificed so much! Band with us in making this our biggest year and let’s see how many veterans we can give a hand up. Let’s make a difference in as many lives as we can this year, but we need everyone to run with us and have friends and family run with us virtually,” says Roy Borrego, co-race director. Anyone interested in helping the nonprofit meet the goal of raising $75,000 can sign up as a runner/walker online and select their preferred race distance 10k or 5k, local or virtual.

Join the race to make a difference within the community. Sign up for the Annual Memorial Day 10K and 5K Race set for Monday, May 25, 2020 in Punta Gorda by visiting

Thank you to our sponsors: The Borrego-Seegers Family Foundation, Save a Lot, King Plastic Corporation, Adams Group, Guy and Annette Emerich, Peace River Distributing, Florida Hand Center, Nix & Associates Real Estate, LLC, Farr Law Firm, The Andreae Group RE/MAX Harbor Realty, Harborside Dental Associates, Spinal Health Rehab Integrative Medicine, Kami Kore, LLC, Gregg’s Automotive, Millennium Physicians Group, Wyvern Hotel, O’Green Concrete Pumping, Pinch a Penny in Punta Gorda, and Deep Creek Community Church.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the race, contact Roy Borrego at 941-628-2820. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit our donation page.

About It’s Our Turn, Inc.

Founded in 2014, It’s Our Turn, Inc. is a charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501c3. Its mission is to help local Veterans in need, made possible through donations and the annual Memorial Day Veterans 10k & 5k fundraiser.

About Deep Creek Community Church

Located in Punta Gorda next to Charlotte High School, Deep Creek Community Church’s mission statement is “Turning unchurched and unplugged people into totally devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” Several Life Groups meet during the week. Services are Sunday mornings at 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am at 1500 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda, FL. Sunday mornings at 10:00am and 11:30am at 1050 Corporate Ave., North Port, FL.

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