Plan An Event

Thank you for your interest in joining us for our annual National Run for the Fallen, taking place this year on August 18-19, 2012. It is during this weekend that we encourage anyone, wherever they are, to run one mile (or more) for fallen service members killed during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our goal is to have Americans run together, with a common purpose, across the nation. Your run will help us achieve this goal as we all run to remember.

Anyone may start a run in their area, and all it takes is defining a designated meeting place, gathering interest (family and friends and maybe other local groups), and then going out running/walking. You may wish to set up a formal event like a BBQ or potluck for after the run, or keep it quiet and simple: run alone, with a few others or organize a formal event. With folks running in all 50 states, we will show our solidarity in remembering our men and women. Your run will help manifest the ideal – run to remember.

Please share with us where you will be running and if you run in honor of a particular service member, his or her name.

There is one expectation for all runners and those organizing an event THE EVENT REMAINS APOLITICAL. We run simply to remember and honor those who have fallen. To this end we ask the following:

  • The Name “Run for the Fallen” and/or logo cannot be used for any fund raising purposes. There should be no mandatory fees associated with your event. If interested, encourage participants to donate directly to foundations helping wounded veterans and Gold Star families: organizations like TAPS, Wounded Warrior Project, Yellow Ribbon Fund, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund, or To Them That’s Gone. You may choose an organization, or encourage folks to donate by visiting organizations on our donation page.
  • The name “Run for the Fallen” and/or logo may be used, but cannot be used for or alongside endorsements. Other than the groups/organizations listed on our website, no other groups/organization or their agendas are to be highlighted. If there is an organization you wish to highlight, please contact us. We encourage community engagement but if your event is sponsored, sponsor names or logos cannot appear alongside the name and/or logo of Run for the Fallen.
  • The name “Run for the Fallen” and/or logo cannot be used for your own agenda. The name and logo is exclusively for event purposes only. Creating personal business cards and using executive titles in concert with the media are prohibited. The solicitation of funds for your own organization is prohibited. We encourage you to visit our donate or links page if you want to donate money and need help in selecting an organization. We recommend To Them That’s Gone.

Run for the Fallen will not cover any insurance or additional cost associated with your event.

If you wish to announce your event to local media, here is a standard press release template. Change the underlined text to reflect the specifics of your event.

Please share any pictures, stories, and video associated with your event with us, Feel free to include links to photo pages we can place on our newly added blog photo album.

  1. Michael A. Chitwood
    August 3rd, 2008 at 15:34 | #1

    I would be honored to participate in this event. Our soldiers sacrifice so much. My family and I greatly appreciate what they do and have done for our country.

    Thank You.
    Mike Chitwood
    Little Rock , Arkansas

  2. Kevin Corbett
    August 4th, 2008 at 17:09 | #2

    I would like to know the details of the run when it comes through Oak Ridge TN. I would like to run and know several others who would like to also and would like to when and where to meet the runners.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

  3. Kevin Corbett
    August 4th, 2008 at 17:11 | #3

    How can I get the details of the run when it comes through Oak Ridge TN.

  4. George Harms
    August 5th, 2008 at 06:53 | #4

    I would like to get information on location and start time for Waynesboro VA,. My daughter ( 10th MNT Division) two tours Iraq is home on leave and we would like to run and show our support

  5. Shirley Snyder
    August 5th, 2008 at 15:31 | #5

    We will be running to honor our hero, SPC. Bradley N Shilling whose was KIA on November 18 2006. We will also run to honor all service personal who gave their lives for us.

  6. ada coment
    August 7th, 2008 at 07:36 | #6

    will you leave the markers up….so others can walk or run across country when ever they like

  7. Bernice Koprince
    August 7th, 2008 at 13:44 | #7

    I will be organizing a run for August 24th to honor our son LCpl William C. Koprince, Jr. – KIA Iraq 12/27/2006. He was a GREAT man and solider. Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. No greater love could our son have shown than to die for his parent’s safety.

  8. August 11th, 2008 at 12:41 | #8


  9. Jerry Marty
    August 15th, 2008 at 08:04 | #9

    I would like to represent the State of Wisconsin (my home state) for the last 6.2 miles into Arlington. I am a US Army Vietnam Era vet 70-72 DMZ Korea, 2nd ID Imjin Scout. I would carry a 3 x 5 US Flag

    thank you and keep up the great work

  10. John Mixon
    August 16th, 2008 at 08:42 | #10

    We are organizing a run for the fallen heroes with Maine ties, starting in Ogunquit Ctr. at 8:00 am Sunday morning the 24th of August. We will be running 55 miles for all of the service men and women who gave their lives for Us with Maine ties. Pleas join us if you like for part or all of the run. We will have a police escort.—John

  11. August 16th, 2008 at 12:28 | #11

    The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department will be hosting a 4 mile run in honor of the 4 brave warriors from Cape Cod, Massachusetts who have given their lives protecting our freedom.
    The run will start at 9:00 AM on Sunday the 24th and everyone is invited to participate.
    All donations will be forwarded to the Wounded Warrior Fund.
    Lt Steven G. Xiarhos
    Proud Father of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos currently fighting with 1/9 Ramadi, Iraq

  12. Heather Harvey
    August 18th, 2008 at 21:06 | #12

    We will be running at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on August 24th to honor my brother Sgt. Marcus Mathes and his best friend Sgt. Mark Stone who were killed in a rocket attack on April 28, 2008. We are meeting at 1PM at the visitor’s center and will be running to Marcus’s headstone.
    All are welcome… come out and remember our fallen HEROES!!

  13. Jonathan
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:04 | #13

    I am planning a run in Lexington, Kentucky on the 24th at 3 p.m. . We will meet at the Beaumont Kroger parking lot. Anyone is welcome as we honor our fallen service members. Jonathan

  14. Angela
    August 21st, 2008 at 08:00 | #14

    I’m not sure where to post this, but my sister (Heather Kritzer) and myself (Angela Wolfe) are both pledging to walk/run 10 miles on August 24th in honor of our fallen cousin, PFC Bradley G. Kritzer. I would also like to know if you plan on doing something like this again next year as we heard about it a little late this year.


  15. Lalaine H.
    August 21st, 2008 at 12:52 | #15

    I will participate in this event. Anyone in the area that will do this and can get on Fort Bragg, send me an email. Also, I may be able to catch up on one event held at the corner of Reilly/Long Street for their 1-mile run.

    For the loss of our fallen soldiers, I will ‘jog’ 13 miles on Sunday, 24th of August.

    Location of Run: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
    Time: Before Sunrise

  16. SA JT Mendoza
    August 21st, 2008 at 13:03 | #16

    I think this is a great way to reenergize the country and raise awareness of our fallen heroes and the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms. I will run here in San Antonio, TX for MSgt Brad Clemmons, Capt Kermit Evans and SGT Keith Fiscus. My brothers in arms, now with the Lord.

  17. Lee Joyner
    August 21st, 2008 at 13:51 | #17

    I will be running Sunday August 24 in memory of Cpl. Christopher D. Winchester and Pfc. John E. Brown, both from Albama.

  18. August 23rd, 2008 at 14:17 | #18

    We will run to honor our Son SPC Tracy Clint Stallworth KIA 26 Aug 2007, Samarra, Iraq. 2-505 PIR Scouts “Reaper Team”

    Total mileage 7miles.

    Richard Stallworth & Family

  19. August 23rd, 2008 at 14:49 | #19

    In addition to running for our Son SPC Tracy Clint Stallworth, we will also be running to honor SGT Joshua Morley who was also KIA along side Tracy on 26 Aug 2007, Samarra, Iraq. 2-505 PIR “Reaper Team”.
    Both men were close friends and are missed so very much.

    We love you Tracy and think of you always and we will never forget, as we lost you forever 26 Aug that day in Samarra

    Josh you were a fine young man and missed so very much.
    Total mileage 7miles.

  20. Roland, Lonnie, and Kenny
    August 23rd, 2008 at 17:05 | #20

    We are dedicating a 10 mile run from the Veteran’s Memorial in Bella Vista, Arkansas, it will be a very steep and hilly run, but our efforts will pale in comparison to the sacrifices our soldiers give every day. Thank you for the opportunity to dedicate this run by organizing this event. Sunday, we will run for the fallen.

  21. Joanne Marfechuk
    August 23rd, 2008 at 20:08 | #21

    We are running/walking in Kenosha, WI for my son, Pfc Eric D. Clark who was killed in Iraq on May 11, 2006 and for all the brave and wonderful men and women who have lost their lives in OIF/OEF. You will not be forgotten!

  22. stephanie
    August 23rd, 2008 at 20:45 | #22

    I will run one mile in memory of my former student Matt Bertolino who died in Afghanistan, another mile for Jon Grassbaugh who died in Iraq, and a third mile for any other former Pinkerton Academy student who has died serving our country. Both Matt and Jon were from Hampstead, NH and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

  23. Liz Rosas
    August 23rd, 2008 at 21:29 | #23

    I will be walking 3 miles on Sunday Aug. 24, 2008 in Santa Ana, CA for SGT Forrest D. Cauthorn, Midlothian, VA 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt., 3rd IBCT, he was KIA on Apr 5, 2007. He was a very good friend of my son, which is presently in Iraq. SGT Cauthorn I thank you for you sacrifices & service. If any family member is reading this I send you my condolences & you are all in my prayers.

    Blessings to you all

  24. Monique F. Daza Chacón
    August 24th, 2008 at 00:34 | #24

    My mother, my aunt, my sister and her husband, my cousin, a few friends, and I will be running/walking in memory of my brother, SSG EDWIN H. DAZACHACON, and his comrades: SGT. 1st CLASS CHAD A. GONSALVES, SSG CLINTON T. NEWMAN, and SGT. ALBERTO D. MONTROND, KIA in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan on 02/13/06. We will never forget them, and pray for peace, so that the number of families that endure the pain of losing a loved one doesn’t continue to increase. May the next run be to honor our troops coming back home as heroes, but safe and sound!

  25. Susan Peters
    August 24th, 2008 at 08:45 | #25

    I ran a 5k in memory of Justin R. Mixon at the RC Durr YMCA in Boone County KY. I don’t know Justin, but I was honored to wear his name on my bib, and have the opportunity to run in his honor. They had a very moving ceremony to begin the race with Amazing Grace played on the bag pipes and Taps on the bugle by a local high school student. We were escorted by 4 motorcycle clubs who kept us safe streetside. Thanks Rolling Thunder!
    Thank you to all who serve and sacrifice for our freedom! We pray for all to return home safely and also for the families of the fallen. God Bless.

  26. Melissa Glasspoole
    August 24th, 2008 at 09:28 | #26

    Ft Carson, Co has organized a Post and community run/walk for today. We have over 1000 people coming to honor our Fallen Soldiers.

    Thanks for all you have done.

  27. Joshua Kreitl
    August 24th, 2008 at 09:41 | #27

    We ran today for Army Spc. Alexander Rosa Jr who was killed in Iraq. I’m honored to have been able to call him my friend. We thank you for your sevice and sacrifice, and you will never be fogotten!
    Total milage- 26 miles
    Josh and Kim

  28. August 24th, 2008 at 15:07 | #28

    The St Cloud Pavement Pounders Running Club, held a memorial walk/run today at East Lake Toho Lake Front Park in St. Cloud, Florida. 60 men, women and children walked or ran for a combined total of 331 miles in a show of solidarity for our service members . American Flags and signs honoring each branch of the services lined the path at the mile markers. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.

  29. Kevin Corbett
    August 24th, 2008 at 18:45 | #29

    My EODT Teammates and I ran a total of 32 miles on Friday August 22 in honor of our fallen heroes. It was a great privilege to run with Jon and company when they came through Oak Ridge TN. We thank you for this wonderful tribute to our men and women in service.

  30. Bernadine Schockmel
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:48 | #30

    I regret we didn’t get the info to you before the run yesterday.

    Thirty – seven members of all ages, from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Lake Jackson, Texas ran/walked/scootered (& one motorcyclist, a member of the Patriot Guard, who kept watch) yesterday morning at 8:00 am CST. Our walk/run was through Freeport, TX and it was three miles in length.

    While you were crossing the Memorial Bridge in Washington, our runners were crossing the Velasco Bridge in Freeport, Tx. There were several other runners (& walkers) for a total of about 50, but those from St. Timothy’s were running in honor of SPC Collin R. Schockmel who was killed in Iraq on January 17, 2007 by a rocket propelled grenade. He was my grandson.

    We used your bib and each wore a picture of Collin pinned to our shirt. I hope to see a final tally on your web-site.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes. It never stops hurting, does it?

    Bernadine Schockmel
    Richwood, TX 77531

  31. Cindi Hack
    August 26th, 2008 at 11:30 | #31

    My husband, Tsgt (Ret) Ken Hack and I ran 5 miles along side of almost 1000 troops and volunteer runners at Lackland AFB. It was the most memorable event I have partaken in and I will never forget it! The squadrons ran in formation with the USA Flas as well as their squadron flags. They were proud and solemn as they ran for their fallen soldiers! Thank you and I hope you do this every year.

  32. Mandy
    May 28th, 2009 at 18:17 | #32

    Does anyone know of or are they interested in putting together a run/walk in the pittsburgh/philadelphia PA area? I would love to get one put together if anyone else is interested.

    We will always remember their ultimate sacrifice.
    SA David A Wieger Nov. 1 2007

  33. Rebecca Mojica
    September 22nd, 2009 at 08:39 | #33

    i am interested in coordinating an event. i dont know how but my fiancee is in afghanistan right now…this way i can honor him in a small but meaningful way.

  34. Andee Pryor
    October 5th, 2009 at 17:38 | #34

    I would like to coordinate an event in honor of my brother, SSG. Brian S. Hobbs who was KIA Oct. 14th 2004. Is there anyway i could do this during the month of October or does it have to be in August?

  35. October 20th, 2009 at 08:09 | #35

    I’d like to help coordinate an event for the August, 2010 run in the state of Illinois. Is there anyone else out there in Illinois that would like to help?

  36. March 18th, 2010 at 03:05 | #36

    @Vivian White

    Hi Vivian,

    I would be interested in helping you plan something for August 2010. You can visit my website and contact me through there.

  37. Anita Richards
    July 15th, 2011 at 13:28 | #37

    Merced CA will participate in it’s 2nd Annual RUN FOR THE FALLEN. WE invite everyone to participate and join us on Saturday, Aug 20th at Applegate park in Merced to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our Country. Please feel free to bring a picture to honor your Fallen Soldier that day. WE invite Collage boards to be displayed. Contact me for more information Anita Richards @ or 209-382-0445 THANK YOU!

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