Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs was among the seven service members killed in the crash of a U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in western Iraq March 15. Photo: Facebook

The Dashan J. Briggs Memorial Foundation will hold its annual “Run for Briggs” 5k run or ruck and one mile fun run this year on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.

Participants will receive a special race t-shirt when signing up. Pint glasses will be awarded to the top male and female overall times and the top three finishers in 10-year age groups.

The 5k race and 5k ruck cost $35 to enter and starts at 9 a.m., while the 1-mile fun run costs $10 and starts at 8:30 a.m. Anybody can also participate virtually in the 5k for $35. Runners can sign up on the event’s website.

Participants in the ruck, which entails carrying a weighted backpack, will earn a “Go Ruck” patch by signing up. The requirements for the ruck are 10 poundS for anyone under 150 pounds and 20 pounds for anyone over 150 pounds.

The Dashan J. Briggs Memorial Foundation was founded in 2021 in honor of Technical Sergeant Dashan Briggs, a Riverhead Native and New York State Air National Guardsman who died on March 15, 2018 while serving in Iraq. All the proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation, which runs a scholarship award program for Riverhead and Comsewogue high schools and helps implement workshops and seminars in schools to teach important life skills, such as CPR/AED training, car maintenance, finances and basic cooking classes.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]