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Originally published: 2013-04-10 14:29:56
Last modified: 2013-04-11 13:14:02

Registration open for memorial run in honor of fallen deputy

A run and celebration of life to honor a deputy who died in the line of duty will find many people, including Boone and Blowing Rock police officers and firefighters, participating June 8 in the first Hunter's Heroes Memorial Run and Celebration.

The events are in honor of the late Deputy William Mast Jr.

Team Hunter's Heroes, which includes Emily Grace Greer, Emily Rhyne Greer, Carol Cook, Lori Eggers and Jennifer Brown, have been planning the memorial run and celebration since October. The team has received support from both the Boone and Blowing Rock police chiefs, who have told the group that they will help in any way that they can.

The event will include both a 5K walk or run and a 10-mile run. The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Early registration ends May 24 and online registration will close at midnight on June 4, but participants may register on the day of the race with a late fee.

Preregistration cost for the 5K is $20. Preregistration for the 10-mile run is $30. Military and public safety employees receive a $5 discount on all registration fees.

The run will end with a celebration and memorial event for Mast in Memorial Park on Main Street in Blowing Rock.

Festivities will include a band, clogging performance, food and children's activities.
The public is welcome to join in this event and a shuttle service will be provided to transport participants back to their vehicles at the end of the run and throughout the celebration.

Both races begin at the Watauga County Sheriff's Office. The 5K ends at Boone Police Department. The 10-mile run finishes at Blowing Rock Police Department.

The memorial run and celebration will be held rain or shine.

Team Hunter's Heroes has secured backup facilities to ensure the events will take place as planned.
Those who are not able to participate in the running, but would like to take part in the event are encouraged to volunteer.  

The night before the memorial run and celebration there will be a community pasta dinner and a silent auction. Donations are being accepted for the auction and all the proceeds with go toward the Lilly Grace College Fund in memory of 4-year-old Peyton Townsend, who was killed in an accident on June 8, 2012.

All proceeds of the run will go toward the Hunter Mast Scholarship fund. Hunter Mast is the son of the late Deputy Mast and wife, Paige. Mast lost his life in the line of duty on July 26, 2012.
Emily Grace Greer and the other members of the Hunter's Heroes committee intend to help other families in the future with the memorial run.

"We are trying to make this an annual event and give all the proceeds to a different child, each year, who has a lost a parent or loved one while in the line of duty," Greer said.

For more information about the Hunter's Heroes memorial run or volunteer opportunities, contact Emily Grace Greer at huntersheroes2013.com.