People who live in the Siouxland area looking for a way to get an early start on their New Year’s resolution to be
more active will also have a unique opportunity to connect with and honor those who are serving our country
overseas in a unique way on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
PT with the TROOPS is a co-located 5K Fun Run/Walk event that includes local event registrants running or walking
“with” service members who will be simultaneously participating from multiple deployment duty stations and
connected via live video feeds. This second-year event will once again be organized by Brotherhood Trust & Love
(BT&L) and hosted by Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City. The 5K will be held at WITCC’s indoor running track with a walking route that will take participants on a tour through the campus’ hallways. The 5K will be kicked off with a military-led group warm-up.
Online registration is available at: https://ptwiththetroops2018.eventbrite.com Early-bird adult registration discounts
until 11/26/17. Organizers are offering significant discounts for Armed Forces Service Members, Police, Fire, and
EMS professionals up to the date of the event. Children (under 12) can participate for free or be registered at a child
rate. See site for details.
“Everyone who came to our first PT with the TROOPS event back in January told us, ‘You absolutely have to do this
again.’ The live video feeds turned it into a very inspiring night for everyone,” said Tom Eakin of BT&L. “Some of the
deployed service members who participated overseas said it was a huge morale builder and a high-point of the
entire deployment. So, I can’t tell you how excited we are to do this again! And, we’re encouraging those who don’t
want to walk or run in a 5K to come to the event and show their support for our deployed troops. PT with the
TROOPS is more than just a 5K, it’s about ‘being there’ for our Armed Forces overseas.”
The event will help to raise start-up funds for BT&L. Organizers are looking for corporate sponsors to help cover the
costs of the event, such as purchasing and shipping t-shirts overseas to participating deployed service members.
“Last year, we donated over $2,500 of the net proceeds from this event to Siouxland Freedom Park. Our long-term
vision is to operate a retreat center where we can combine our interactive classroom-based “Veterans Engage
Program” with adventure components like a climbing tower, a rappel wall, and zip line. We’re hoping to draw
veterans into the Siouxland area from all over the region and the country to participate in transition-focused personal
and professional development retreats designed to help veterans translate the unique leadership, communication,
relationship-building, and decision-making skills they learned in the military effectively in the personal, professional,
and community environments they’ll operate in for the rest of their lives,” Eakin said, “The funds we raise in this
event will help us take the first steps toward that vision.”
BT&L is a local non-profit veteran service organization that helps Military-Connected People (Service Members,
Veterans, Family/Friends) in transition find long-term success through a mutually supportive network focused on
personal and professional growth, connection, and community service. We create engaging experiences that
empower Military Connected People in transition to find meaning and purpose by building relationships that
matter while doing things that matter in their personal and professional lives and in their communities.