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Special Forces Inspire APK 5K Runners in Guilford

Hundreds of residents from across the shoreline and the country took to the road in Guilford on Nov. 4 for the fourth annual APK Charities 5K Road Race, 5K Ruck March, and Kid’s Fun Run in remembrance of Madison resident Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel.

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. The Guilford Fire Department hosted an American flag to mark the start and finish of the race. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. The Guilford Fire Department hosted an American flag to mark the start and finish of the race. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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Six-year-old James Granath is all set to run the Kids Fun Run. The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Particiapnts in the fun run cross the finish line. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Participants in the Kids Fun Race take off at the start of the race. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Particiapnts in the fun run cross the finish line. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Vincent Malatesta proudly displays his first place ribbon for the Kids Fun Run. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Andrew's parents, step-father Bob Keiser and his mother Helen Pedersen Keiser share a moment during the National Anthem. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Father Stephen Sledesky of St. George's Church of Guilford leads a prayer at the start of the race. Andrew's parents, step-father Bob Keiser and his mother Helen Pedersen Keiser listen in the background. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Service members, Adam Sledge, Maria Puetz along with her dog Lilith and Steve MacSweeney start off on the Ruck March. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. First place finisher Brennan Kaisen (17:53.7) has the lead to himself as he runs the last leg of the race down Stone House Lane. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Second and third place finishers, 182 Benjamin Crair and 508 Evan Ghoreyeb on the last leg of the race. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Ashlinn Virgulto, 570 placed second with a time of 24.32.2. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants carry a flag as they run in honor of Cpl. Stephen R.Bixler killed in Iraq. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Jonathan Decensi dabs in celebration of his third place tie with William Sauer in the Kids Fun Run. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Cub Scout Pack 475 were on hand to volunteer and support the event. Here they salute the flag during the National Anthem. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Race participants run down Stone House Lane as the head toward the finish. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Michael Long, 3 checks out the fire truck after participating in the race with his father Andrew Long. Michael rode in a stroller for the race. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Luke Cashman, 7 recovers after running both the Fun Run and the 5k Races. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Andrew's mother, Helen Pedersen Keiser hugs Sean Niquette a friend of Andrew's who wrote a song, From Westpoint to Arlington in honor of Andrew. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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The APK Charities hosted its fourth annual APK 5k and 5k Ruck March Saturday Novemer 11th at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The event is in honor of Capain Andrew-Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces from Madison CT. He gave his life while serving in in Afghanistan in 2013. Andrew's parents Helen Pedersen Keiser and Bob Keiser hold a highway memorial sign to mark a section of State highway Route 79 in Andrew's honor. On hand for the ceremony is State Representative Noreen Kokooruda, Madison First Selectman Tom Banisch and CT State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier | Buy This Photo

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