Fellow run coordinators, runners, & friends,
Next weekend marks an exciting moment in the history of Run for the Fallen. August 21/22 will be the 3rd National Run for the Fallen weekend, where runners from all across the country, from across the globe, come together and run/walk with one purpose in mind–to honor and remember our fallen. We pay tribute to our loved ones, our friends, our family, and we do so together. Over the past two years we have had over 15,000 runners in seven different countries run for the fallen, and this year will be no different.

Next weekend also marks the 3rd anniversary of the first Run for the Fallen, the date on which we successfully completed our 4000+ mile cross-country journey, running to the gates of Arlington National Cemetery and placing our final flag in Section 60. Yet, as you know, we continue to run. We continue to place flags for those we love. It is in that spirit of continued remembrance that I would like to briefly speak to you about “To Them That’s Gone,” the documentary film about Run for the Fallen.

Over the past three years since we took our first step, a small film crew has dedicated themselves to producing a work about the Run for the Fallen cross country journey of 2008. They traveled with us that summer, running at times, and they captured many heartfelt moments along the way. You and I both understand what it means to run, and this film inspires, producing a picture of what is so often hard to express. The film ties on its running shoes, and we go running with them. Through its lens, the film continues to tell the story of many service members and their loved ones.

Please take the time to read about the documentary (project summary), visit their website: http://tothemthatsgone.com, and if you can, please spread the word to your participants, friends, and family. The film, while on its way to begin screenings in early 2011, still needs our support. Let’s run with them, all the rest of the way.

Jon Bellona,
Director, Run for the Fallen