150 prepare for Inaugural Women Veterans 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Contact: Todd Heywood heywoodt@michigan.gov

Lansing—  At least 150 people are registered to participate in the Inaugural Michigan Women Veterans 5K Run/Walk Saturday June 22 in downtown Lansing. The event steps off at 9 a.m. following brief comments by Mary Engelman, executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission; Michigan Veterans’ Affairs Agency Director Zaneta Adams; and U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.

The run will begin and end on Michigan Avenue in front of the Lansing Center, 333 East Michigan Ave. in Lansing. The cost to participate is $12. The Run/Walk route follows the downtown portion of the Lansing River Trail, along the banks of the Grand River.

“We are excited to host this inaugural run and walk, and overwhelmed by the community support and outpouring,” said Engelman. “The women who have served our country are heroes and this day works to honor and respect their contributions.”

Before, during and after the Run/Walk, MWC and MVAA are sponsoring an expo in the Lansing Center featuring resources for women veterans and their families.

All participant registration fees from the event will benefit three organizations that work with women veterans: Moxie Wild, Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment and WINC: For All Women Veterans.

The 15-member Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968. Commission duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, conducting surveys, and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms. To learn more about the Michigan Women’s Commission, go to michigan.gov/mwc.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency was created by Executive Order in 2013. MVAA’s mission is to be the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. The Agency works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state departments, county agencies, and community and veterans service organizations throughout the state. The Agency operates the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center, a 24/7/365 call center in partnership with Michigan 211. By calling 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) veterans, family members and service providers can get information and access a comprehensive network of resources and services. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com