Lyme–Old Lyme Middle School, 53 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
RUN OR WALK the “Hawaii Five-0” 5K, taking place in beautiful Old Lyme Village on the morning of the Old Lyme MidSummer Fair! The race course, flat and very fast, will start in front of Lyme–Old Lyme Middle School, proceed past the entrance to Lyme–Old Lyme High School, and then travel down Lyme Street and McCurdy Road and back again.
The Hawaii Five-0 5K is a fundraising event for Friends of Music – Lyme/Old Lyme, which is working to help defray the costs of sending student musicians from Lyme–Old Lyme High School to Hawaii this coming December, to represent Connecticut at Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremonies. On December 7, high school bands and choruses from the United States and Japan will gather together in Hawaii to perform these ceremonies, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of United States involvement in World War II. Among those school groups will be 105 members of the Lyme–Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus, the only school in Connecticut — and one of only two from New England — to be participating in the event. These student musicians will perform together on the pier of the Battleship Missouri, a World-War II–era ship that was engaged in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It was on the Missouri, in Tokyo Bay in September 1945, that the papers of surrender were signed by representatives of the Allied and Axis powers — formally ending World War II. The Missouri is now docked in Pearl Harbor as a permanent memorial and museum, providing a fitting bookend to the story of the bombing on December 7, 1941, that launched US involvement in the war.
Registration for the Hawaii Five-0 5K is open now, and the first 150 registrants will receive commemorative T-shirts. There will be awards for overall and age-group winners. Participants may run or walk the 5K, and strollers will be allowed — so everyone can take part! Planned post-race activities include refreshments, music, massages, vendors, and more! Run or walk in the race. The $25 registration fee will go directly to the Friends of Music Hawaii fund. Visit www.friendsofmusicLOL.org and navigate to the 5K page to sign up!
Friends of Music – Lyme/Old Lyme is a nonprofit organization of parents, teachers, and community members, whose mission is to promote the advancement of music education and performance for the students in Lyme–Old Lyme Public Schools (Regional District #18) through scholarship awards and support to the music departments at all levels. As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Friends of Music can accept matching funds from employers.