1LT Mark Dooley 5k





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Support Provided By

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Chef Joseph Gerardi
Brattleboro Yellow Ribbon Group

Wilmington Police Dept
Windham County Sheriff's Dept
Dover Police Dept
Brattleboro Police Dept
Burlington Police Dept
Deerfield Valley Rescue
Deerfield Valley Rotary Club
Vermont Geeks
Photography by Sarah Shippee

and many more...

Special Thanks to
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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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7th Annual
1Lt Mark H. Dooley 
 -5K -
Race  Of  Remembrance  


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An annual event and living tribute honoring 
1LT Mark H. Dooley who was killed in action while 
deployed to Iraq on September 19, 2005 

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Saturday, September 19, 2015
This event falls on the 10 year anniversary of 1LT Mark Dooley's sacrifice for our nation.

Location:
1 School Street, 
Wilmington, Vermont
Event starts/ends at the former Twin Valley High School  (Rain or Shine)

Please join our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE here. Select attending, and share the event with your friends!

We are seeking corporate sponsors for our 2015 event.  We couldn't do this without the generosity of many great people and businesses.  
Follow this link for the SPONSOR REGISTRATION FORM
(Please submit by July 31, 2015. Email ltmarkdooley5k@gmail.com with any questions)

ATTENTION: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
THE EARLY REGISTRATION PERIOD RUNS UNTIL JULY 31, 2015
AS AN "EARLY REGISTRANT" YOU WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY EVENT T-SHIRT, AND SAVE MONEY ON YOUR REGISTRATION FEE.

Follow this link to register online today:
 ONLINE REGISTRATION
Alternatively, you can print a registration form and mail it in with a check
The registration form and event flier are available here:
PAPER REGISTRATION FORM & EVENT FLIER

If you would like to help us by printing and posting an event flier:
EVENT FLIER


Kids Fun Run (Ages 4-12) - Prizes for all  
Competitive 5K Walk and 5K Run events 


 Custom medals for all age groups, trophies for top finishers

 Live Music, Delicious hot breakfast, Event shirts
 
Guest Performance by Miss Vermont 2014, Lucy Edwards

Brief ceremony honoring 1LT Dooley and all our fallen heroes.

Race day 50/50 raffle to benefit the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation

7:30-8:45 a.m
Race Day Registration & Check-In

9:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony
Unveiling of the 1LT Mark Dooley Memorial Plaque
Singing of the National Anthem by Miss Vermont 2014, Lucy Edwards
Presentation of the colors by the Norwich University Regimental Color Guard

9:30 a.m.
Kids Fun Run Start Time

10:00 a.m.
Walk & Run Start Time
Runners will be followed off the starting line by the walkers
(The 5K Walk is a competitive event.  Running or jogging is not allowed)

12:00 or 12:30 p.m.
Award Ceremony/Guest Speaker

***Please visit this website prior in the days leading up to the event to check for any changes**


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WHEN CALLED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, 1LT MARK DOOLEY LEFT A LETTER FOR HIS FAMILY, IN THE EVENT HE DID NOT RETURN.  MARK’S LETTER WAS LATER QUOTED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DURING HIS 2006 MEMORIAL DAY ADDRESS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.

“…REMEMBER THAT MY LEAVING WAS IN THE SERVICE OF SOMETHING THAT WE LOVED, AND THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN’T COMPREHEND ITS SCOPE.  CHERISH IN YOUR HEART THAT IT WASN’T DONE FOR ANY ABSTRACT REASON LIKE A FLAG OR A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESS, BUT OUR SACRED HONOR.”

MARK WAS BORN IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, ON JULY 15, 1978.  HE GRADUATED FROM WALLKILL HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW YORK STATE, AND ATTENDED COLLEGE IN VERMONT AS A MEMBER OF NORWICH UNIVERSITY’S CORPS OF CADETS (2001). 

MARK BEGAN A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A WINDHAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND GRADUATED FROM THE VERMONT POLICE ACADEMY WITH THE 74TH BASIC TRAINING CLASS.  IN 2004, HE WAS HIRED TO SERVE THE TOWN OF WILMINGTON AS A POLICE OFFICER.  MARK WAS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF HIM.

MARK ALSO HAD A STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE HIS NATION.  HE ENLISTED IN THE VERMONT ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 3RD BATTALION, 172ND MOUNTAIN INFANTRY REGIMENT.  MARK WAS COMMISSIONED AS AN OFFICER, AND GRADUATED FROM THE U.S. ARMY’S PRESTIGIOUS RANGER SCHOOL, RANGER CLASS 06-04.

MARK WAS A RESPECTED AND ADMIRED SOLDIER WHO POSSESSED A NATURAL ABILITY TO LEAD.  HIS CHARISMA, DEDICATION, LOYALTY, AND COMPASSION EARNED THE DEVOTION OF HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS AND THE PRAISE OF HIS COMMANDING OFFICERS.

THE QUALITIES THAT DEFINED MARK IN HIS MILITARY CAREER ECHOED THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.  HE HAD A PERSONALITY TO WHICH PEOPLE WERE DRAWN.  MARK EXCELLED AT CHALLENGES AND INSPIRED THOSE AROUND HIM.

IN JUNE OF 2005, MARK ANSWERED HIS NATION’S CALL TO SERVE AND WAS DEPLOYED TO RAMADI, IRAQ AS PART OF “TASK FORCE SABER”, IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  MARK SERVED AS A PLATOON LEADER FOR 2ND PLATOON, ALPHA COMPANY.

ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2005, AT 9:02 AM (EST), MARK WAS INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN RAMADI, IRAQ, WHEN A POWERFUL BOMB DETONATED, STRIKING THE ARMORED VEHICLE IN WHICH HE WAS RIDING.  THE BLAST KILLED MARK, AS WELL AS SERGEANT MICHAEL EGAN, AND SPECIALIST WILLIAM V. FERNANDEZ (BOTH MEMBERS OF PA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD). 

1LT MARK DOOLEY WAS IMMENSELY PROUD OF HIS SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, STATE, AND NATION.  HE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF ALL WHO KNEW HIM.  HE NOW RESTS IN A SACRED PLACE OF VALOR, AT THE ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY (SECTION# 60/GRAVE# 8640).   

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Proceeds of the event benefit the LT Mark Dooley Memorial/Scholarship Fund.
The LT Dooley fund was established by Dooley's friends and co-workers in Wilmington, VT.  Dooley  served the Wilmington community as a police officer prior to his deployment.
Learn more about the LT Mark Dooley Memorial/Scholarship Fund here.
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Our last event was held: Saturday, September 20, 2014
*****2014 RACE RESULTS*****


ltmarkdooley5k@gmail.com



 
In honor of 1LT Mark H. Dooley
In memory of all our fallen heroes...














(Colin Lozito, 2014 graduate of the Twin Valley High School,
receiving the LT Mark H. Dooley Award and Scholarship - from SGT Matthew Murano - WPD)





Mark Dooley was a graduate of Norwich (Military) University in Vermont.  He began a career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff for the Windham County Sheriff's Department and later worked as a police officer for the Town of Wilmington, Vermont.  

Mark also served his country as a First Lieutenant with the Vermont Army National Guard.   One of Mark's many accomplishments was his completion of the Army's rigorous Ranger School.

LT Mark Dooley was killed in action while proudly serving his country in Iraq on September 19, 2005.  He will be forever missed.  

Please help us keep the memory strong and support this event!  If you don't wish to walk or run the 5K race, you can still join us on race day and show your support.

Before he was deployed to Iraq, Mark gave his parents a letter, in the event he didn't come home...please take the time to read this letter.  It is a true reflection of the caliber of person Mark Dooley was.

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...


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


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