DUBOIS – A “Ruck ‘n Roll” 5K will be among events held at the DuBois City Park on Veterans Day.
The events were announced at Monday’s council meeting by Police Officer Lance Thompson.
Thompson is also the co-owner of REAKT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, DuBois, which planned the events.
Proceeds will benefit the We Defy Foundation, a non-profit that supports veterans entering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
During the Ruck ‘n Roll 5K, participants can voluntarily opt to complete the race with weights of up to 100 pounds.
The reason for added weight is to mimic military marches. Registration can be done online or day-of event.
There is a registration fee of $20 and registration will be held at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 11 at the City Park.
Organizers will hand out glow lights and wristbands to help participants remain visible for this evening run.
Open mat events will also be available, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., as an alternative, Thompson said.
The Murph Challenge was a workout done by the late Lieutenant Murphy, and will be available as part of the mat events.
Abandoned and Blighted Homes
DuBois City will also start developing an ordinance to apply new fees to abandoned and blighted homes.
The ordinance was a recommendation made to council from the Planning Commission.
“There’s a lot of leeway …. in that ordinance,” stated City Solicitor Toni Cherry.
“But that ordinance is needed so there’s some teeth in his (Zac Lawhead, zone/code enforcement officer) letters.”
The ordinance, if approved, would give Lawhead the ability to apply new fines against properties.
It would also give Lawhead leeway to not apply the new fees, if property owners show good faith cleanup efforts.