Friday, 24 May 2019 14:49

8th annual Miles for Mills 5K set for Monday

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AUGUSTA (WGME) - The annual Miles for Mills 5K is just days away in Augusta.

All the proceeds benefit the Travis Mills Foundation, a group that supports veterans with disabilities and their families.


"The Travis Mills 5K, the Travis Mills 5K, the Travis Mills 5K, the Travis Mills 5K, don't miss it! It's actually the Miles for Mills 5K, dang it!" Travis Mills jokes in the days leading up the the event.


Mills refers to himself as a Maine transplant. He loves making people laugh and making a difference.


"My wife Kelsey and I looked at ourselves and we thought we should do something to give back for all the love shown towards us. And we decided we're going to do care packages overseas," Mills said.


What started as a yearly donation to service members overseas turned into something much larger.


Mills started the Travis Mills Foundation, which brings veterans with disabilities and their families to Maine to spend the weekend.


"This year we're happy to be bringing up 200 families total up to the retreat to give them a chance to know they don't live life on the sidelines, make sure you're always out there pushing forward in your society as well as with your family and don't be afraid to let people see your new normal," Mills said.


Mills said the foundation is able to bring families to Maine year after year through fundraising events -- including this weekend's Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K run.


"It's a really special day to me," Mills said.


This is the 8th annual Miles for Mills. Last year, the foundation raised $105,000. This year the goal is $200,000.


And with 2,000 runners expected to take to the streets of downtown Augusta, they're hoping to meet that goal.


"Everyone sees the mission, believes in it. We're so thankful and grateful for everyone and all they do," Mills said.


All money raised will go straight to the Travis Mills Foundation.


But Mills hopes that those who run remember the men and women who are no longer here, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


"I have the most amazing people that I knew that have not made it back home and I don't sit there and think their sacrifice is something I should take lightly," he said.


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