On Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, the Gridz of East Northport will once again become the home of the “I DID THE GRID” Run/Walk. Beginning at Pulaski Elementary School, runners and walkers will round the course’s 31 turns with the names of four service members on their bibs.
On this day, runners relinquish their personal rewards for something bigger than themselves. In each step, they honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. With their help, Team Chris continues to honor the fallen and support the troops!
The day begins at Pulaski Road Elementary School!
8:00 4-Mile Competitive Run
9:00 1-Mile Fun Run
9:30 4-Mile Rec. Run/Walk
The “I Did The Grid” Story
Our son, Christopher, was born and raised in East Northport and grew up playing in the neighborhood he fondly referred to as “the Grid.” On the first day of Memorial Day Weekend participants of all ages can experience four miles of the grid streets of East Northport while running, jogging, walking or cheering from the sidelines, all starting and ending at Pulaski Road School.
On this morning of the race we ask that you promise not to forget, nor let your children or their children forget that Chris and his fellow warriors died so that we might live fee. To honor Chris and all of the men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States of America we ask that you give up any personal awards for this day. Instead each race bib will have the printed name of four fallen heroes from either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each participant will carry those names and upon completion of the course will ring a bell four times to signify that each Airman, Coast Guardsman, Sailor, Soldier or Marine named on the bib will be remembered for making the ultimate sacrifice.
While the sacrifices we will make training and completing a 4 mile run or walk may not be equivalent to patrolling and fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, if we dedicate every step to these extraordinary men and women, hopefully they will know how much we appreciate how their efforts, and, too often, their sacrifices protect us here at home.
As the members of Team Chris complete each mile, we will be proud of Christopher, proud of our military and proud of ourselves for “Honoring the Fallen and Supporting our Troops.”
Your participation would be greatly appreciated! One hundred percent of all donations go to purchasing supplies for our servicemen and women serving in harm’s way, helping our wounded warriors and veterans. Thank you.