Lt Mark Dooley 5k

Four signs donated by Bones Safety Signs of Alpharetta, Georgia.

2013 Event Sponsors
Aiken Software Consulting
G.S. Precision, Inc.
Green Power - Small Engine Repair
Valley View Saloon
Mid Island Collision
Meg Streeter Real Estate
Tommy's Pizzeria
Trust Company of Vermont
Cady & Dugan P.C.
Chimney Hill Real Estate Group
Sonny's Cup N' Saucer
Rolling Thunder, VT1

Brattleboro Retreat
Moore Bros. Body & Paint
Chelsea Royal Diner
Palmiter Realty Group
Guy E. Nido Inc.

Bones Safety Signs
Viking Motel
Anchor Seafood and Grille
Chapman's Antiques
Mount Snow
Fat City Motor Worx
Mountain Insurance Group

Pending sponsorships

Richards Group
Dots of Dover

Additional Support Provided By

Mount Snow Grand Summit Hotel
River Valley Market
Common Wealth Dairy
Price Chopper
Wilmington Short Stop Mobil
Bruggers Bagels
The Works Bakery Cafe
Dunkin Donuts
Pepsi - Leader Beverage

Special Thanks to:
Andrika Donovan, Em Richards and Robert Stack (in association with BCTV),
For their time and dedication to the production of the beautiful video about this event (Viewable on this website)

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 6th Annual

Lt. Mark H. Dooley 5K Race

To be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014

-Wilmington, Vermont -

  In honor of Lt. Mark Dooley
In memory of all our fallen heroes...

On September 21, 2013 nearly 300 people gathered at the Twin Valley High School in Wilmington for the 5th Annual Lt Mark Dooley 5K Race.  The annual event is a living tribute to Lt Mark Dooley, a former Wilmington Police Officer and Norwich University Graduate, who was killed in action while serving in Iraq on 09/19/05.  On race day, the skies cleared, the sun prevailed, and our 5th Annual event was shared with many wonderful people who gathered to remember and honor one of our very own fallen heroes.

The top finishers for the run were:  James Lamoureux of Keene, NH (17:33), Jessica Chapman of Bennington, VT (22:26).  The top finishers of the walk were:  Alan Leake of Bennington, VT (35:53) and Kirra Courchesne of Wilmington, VT (41:00).  The complete list of results can be found on the event website.

As a result of this year’s race, nearly $6000 was raised to benefit the Lt Mark Dooley Memorial Fund.  This fund was established by Mark’s friends in Wilmington to ensure that Mark Dooley is remembered for his sacrifice and to create a means for Mark Dooley to continue to have a lasting impact on the community which he once served.   A portion of the race proceeds are set aside each year to pay for a local memorial honoring Mark Dooley, a scholarship is offered each year to a graduating student of the Twin Valley High School in Wilmington, and funds are donated to specially selected causes in Mark Dooley’s name, such as the Athletics Program at the Twin Valley High School.   
A 50/50 raffle was held this year to benefit the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, and when the winner was selected they generously opted to allow the full amount of $642.00 to be donated to the charity.

I want to thank all our race participants, volunteers, and generous sponsors who made this event a special day of honor and remembrance for Mark Dooley and his family.  It is important that we pause to remember the sacrifices that so many of our brave service men and women have made for our country.  

There are a few people that deserve special recognition for their contribution to the race:  Joe Gerardi and the Brattleboro Yellow Ribbon Group (for their delicious hot breakfast), Welkin Again (for some terrific live music), Charles Cahoon of the Taconic Pipe Band (bagpipes), the Twin Valley High School for the use of the facility, Sam Hall (assistance cleaning up afterwards), the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, Wilmington Police, Dover Police, VT State Police, Deerfield Valley Rescue,  Andrika Donovan, Em Richards and Robert Stack (in association with BCTV) for their beautiful video about the Lt Mark Dooley Race, and the students of the TVHS that showed up to volunteer at the race.  Thank you all very much.

5th Annual 5K Race PHOTOS
Courtesy of Sarah Shippee

2013 - 5th Annual Race Results (click this link)

Mark Dooley was a graduate of Norwich University and a police officer for the Town of Wilmington, Vermont prior to his deployment with the Vermont Army National Guard.  He was killed in action while proudly serving his country in Iraq on September 19, 2005.  Mark  will be forever missed.  Please help us keep his memory strong and support this event!

Before he was deployed to Iraq, Mark gave his parents a letter, in case he didn't come home...

Dad, Mom and Charlie;
It is immensely hard to put into words raw emotion or put down on one piece of paper what you want people to remember you by. However, if you're reading this then I am not able to convey either in person. The best thing I can state is how much I love all three of you. It was only by God's grace that I was born into the family that I proudly call mine. Parents whose unconditional love supported me through times that others would have surely given up, and a brother whose patience and pure heart set the example I could only hope to have imitated...

Follow this link to read the rest of Mark's letter and learn more about Mark


Event Details

2 events
3.1 mile (5K) Walk or Run

The race starts and finishes at the Twin Valley High School

1 School Street, Wilmington, VT


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Walk starts at 9:30 AM*
Run starts at 10:00 AM*
(This will likely be pushed to about 10:15)
Arrive at least 45-60 minutes early to check-in or register
*Please visit the race website prior to the event to make sure the start times have not changed

Course Details

The race route is as follows:  Starting at the High School, take School Street to Route 9 (East Main Street),  take a left to the traffic light and then left onto South Main St, continue up Castle Hill Road and turn right onto Fairview Avenue,  continue until turn around location.  Return to TVHS via School Street (past the fire station), to the finish line.

The course consists of paved roads with one hill


  • Race registration (CLOSED)

Adult (18+): $25
Youth (17 & Under): $20

Registration includes an event t-shirt (while available) and a hot breakfast!

Optional:  To save time on race day you can print and complete the registration form (link below) and bring it with you to the race.


Custom medals for the top three finishers in all age groups!
14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-99 (male & female). 
4 custom trophies for the top finishers.

A delicious hot breakfast is included in your registration fee
We cannot guarantee breakfast will be available if you don’t register early

Event t-shirts
Register early to reserve your event t-shirt.  Available on race day, while supplies last.

Event Coins

Available on race day while supplies last (and they won't last long)
$10 donation per coin (to benefit the Lt Mark Dooley Memorial Fund). 
Please arrive early on race day if you want a coin
.  If you would like a coin after the race (as in you are not attending the event), fear not.  We will be ordering additional coins.  Contact us AFTER the race weekend.

Live Music

Live music at the event, courtesy of “The Fanatics” of Bennington, Vermont



Race day raffle to benefit the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation

Contact us if you are interested in purchasing tickets:

Event Sponsors

Each year we are fortunate to have many generous sponsors that make this event a success.
We are no longer seeking sponsors for the 2013, 5th Annual event.
  Corporate sponsors will have their logo or company name printed on the back of the event t-shirt (until space runs out!)

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at the race, please let us know:  We couldn’t do this without all the amazing volunteer support!

Please visit our facebook event page.  If you are joining us at the race please select attending.   Invite your friends, and post the event on your facebook page.  Please do your part to get the word out.  Thank you.

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