Nick Null Memorial 5K to kick off with dedication

PARKERSBURG – The third annual Chief Nick Null Memorial 5K Race will be Aug. 3 at City Park in Parkersburg, helping to kick off the dedication of a new memorial at the park.

The event, which is organized by the Nicholas H. Null Memorial Foundation, will also include a 1-Mile Fun Run, the dedication of the Fallen Soldier Memorial in the park and other activities.

The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m., with registration from 7-8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20 in advance and $25 on race day.

The memorial dedication will be 11 a.m. and will include speaker Don Mann, a retired Navy SEAL and best-selling author. Another special guest will be painter Phil Taylor, with the American Fallen Soldier Project, who will be presenting a portrait of Null.

The race awards will be 11:30 a.m., with an auction at noon and live music at 1 p.m. by South of the River Band. Children’s activities will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event will mark the dedication of a new monument which will honor local military personnel who lost their lives in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, including Nick Null, a Parkersburg native and Parkersburg South High School graduate who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.

Null was an EOD/Naval Special Warfare Development Group member whose helicopter was transporting his team on a mission when it was shot down by Taliban soldiers with a rocket-propelled grenade. Null was killed along with 38 other military personnel, including 22 SEALS from SEAL Team 6 and one service dog, reports said.

The memorial will feature a fallen soldier statue honoring Null and the other service members who died with him on the helicopter. There will also be three granite pieces honoring local fallen from Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution renaming the DuPont Road Bridge, which carries West Virginia 68 over U.S. 50 on Corridor D, as the “Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null Memorial Bridge.” The Null family will be holding a ceremony to mark the bridge renaming at a later date.