DynCorp International team members from Falls Church and Alexandria, Va., kicked off their Independence Day celebrations this year with USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) at the 2013 Firecracker 5K, held at Reston Town Center in Reston, Va.
DI team members joined more than 3,000 runners and walkers decked out in red, white and blue at the 3.1 mile race hosted by Potomac River Running. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit USO-Metro’s programs and initiatives that support local military families.
USO-Metro’s mobile truck was also on hand to collect school supplies to benefit Operation Back to School, in which nearly 4,000 backpacks are distributed to school-aged military children to prepare them for the upcoming school year. DI team members participated in a school supply drive to collect erasers and pencil cases to donate the day of the race.
DI not only served as an event sponsor, but also fielded the second largest team of registered runners for the race.
Along with those participating in the 5K, the event brought together more than 1,500 spectators to help celebrate the Fourth of July with activities such as face painting, a special brunch buffet and new to this year’s event – a “Battle of the Branches.” In this competition, race participants place their vote for which military branch “runs” the DC metropolitan area. The Army was the eventual winner and USO Metro received a donation on behalf of the branch from the race registration fees.
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information, visit www.usometro.org.