This annual event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10 beginning at 12:55 p.m.

On Sunday Nov. 10, the Friends of Plain Township Parks, in cooperation with Plain Township and Plain Township Parks, will host the second annual Parks For Soldiers Event at Schneider Park.

The event consists of a brief commemorative ceremony followed by an obstacle course challenge.

A ceremony will begin at 12:55 p.m. with the national anthem. Several dignitaries will speak including Plain Township Trustees Scott Haws, Louis Giavasis and Al Leno; Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton; United States Air Force Lt. Colonel Finkelstein; Nate Kalsek of the Marlboro Volunteers; Jim Woofter of the Marine Corps League, McKinley Detachment; and Canton-Akron Blue Star Mothers Chapter President Brenda Russell.

Assisting with the obstacle course will be the student council from Oakwood Middle School and cadets from the Kent State University USAF ROTC program.

The obstacle course race will take place throughout Schneider Park and the Stark Parks' Middle Branch trail to simulate a sampling of the military training the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces take part in. The course will be timed and marshaled by volunteers.

The registration fee is $15 before race day and $20 the day of. Registration is complimentary to all current and former men and women of the armed services. Entrants can register online at or mail-in entries can be sent to Plain Township Hall, 2600 Easton St. NE, Canton, Ohio 44721. Registration will close on race day at noon.

Proceeds raised will benefit the Canton-Akron Blue Star Mothers Chapter and Plain Township Parks.

All inquiries should be directed to Danette Lund, Friends of Plain Township Parks Board President, at or event chair Rob Steinberg at