Run for the Fallen 2013
On the weekend of August 17/18, 2013, we encourage anyone, wherever they were, to go out and run/walk one mile for a fallen service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Similar to our events from 2008 – 2012, we will post run events here, listed by state and country. If you do not see your event listed, please email contact [at] runforthefallen [dot] org with information about your run.
Last year, there were roughly 19,692 participants in 20 states, running a combined total of over 41,567 miles. Thank you to those who continue to honor and remember our service members, bringing people and communities together. Together, we Run for the Fallen.
Download a runner’s bib that you can wear when you run for the fallen.
Click on a state below to view run events happening near you.
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WASHINGTON D.C., WA, WV, WI, WY, WORLDWIDE
- March 16-17, Ozark, AR
Facebook page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arkansas-Run-For-The-Fallen/256279407778821?ref=hl.
Ozark, AR — In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of active duty and reserve Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Arkansas State Police will embark on a 130 mile memorial run to honor every Arkansas service member killed in the Global War On Terror.
The “Arkansas Run for the Fallen” will kick off from Ozark City Hall at 6:00 am on Saturday, March 16, 2013 and our run team will finish at the Arkansas State Capitol on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team will stop at every marker, present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of every fallen service member in an effort to create a 130 mile memorial trail through Arkansas.
On Sunday afternoon after the runners cross the Big Dam Bridge into Little Rock, there will be an opportunity for the public to show their support and run alongside our core run team for the final last three miles towards the finish on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.
For more information about joining the run please contact Bubba Beason, (501)837-6568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To inquire about volunteering, donation or sponsorship opportunities please visit our website at www.arkansasrunforthefallen.org or email email@example.com.
- Fort Ord Dunes Park, CA: Nov. 2, 2013
Fort Ord, Run for the Fallen will be happening on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Fort Ord Dunes Park in Marina, CA. The American Legion Post 31 in Salinas Ca is assisting. The run map and details may be found at: http://www.runfortord.com/
Or visit the race on Facebook.
- Merced, CA: June 15, 2013
The 4th Annual Run For the Fallen in Merced, CA will take on June 15, 2013 at Applegate Park in conjunction with the Merced County Fair. Registration starts at 7:00 AM, 7:30 Ceremony, 8:00 AM Runners go first and all others to follow.
We will honor our Fallen Soldiers killed while in support in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn from Merced County PFC Karina Lau, CPL Cesar Granados, LCPL Travis Layfield, CPL Joshua Pickard, SSG Frank Gasper, SPC Lukas Hopper, SGT Matthew Abbate, SSG Vincent Ashlock, SGT Jose Rodriguez.
The public is invited to bring pictures of any fallen Warriors from any eras of war and add them to our poster board that will be available at our Gold Star Tables the day of the run. This year marks 10 years that PFC Karina Lau was killed while serving. We will dedicate t-shirts from the run in her memory.
For more information you can call Anita Richards at 209-382-0445 or e-mail me at plomolady@Yahoo.com
- Middletown, CT: Sept. 21, 2013
This year we have the honor of bringing our event to Middletown in hopes that we will have a future home at the Tree of Honor Memorial Park which is being constructed there. We are looking for any and all help with volunteers and sponsors. This year’s event will have a few more expenses than in years past so you’ll see a strong fund raising effort from our team over the next few months.
This year we will be located at the Wilbur Snow Elementary School at 299 Wadsworth St. on Sept. 21. We mapped out an 8 KM route which we will run 8 times for a total of 64 KMs. People can run as many segments as they’d like but they must keep a 10min per mile pace. We will have a police escort in front and in back. Running will begin at 6 AM and end at 2 PM with various other activities at the school. Once again after the runners finish there will be Honor and Remember flag presentations and closing ceremony. The event will be over at 3:30 PM.
This is our 4th year holding our event and we have raised over $20,000 dollars to date for groups such as Wounded Warrior, Purple Heart Homes, The Patriot Guard, and many more. However, fundraising is just a bonus to us, we do this to honor our heroes and their families, dozens of which have attended our past events. We hope that this year in Middletown we reach a whole new level.
Runners, volunteers, and Gold Star families can sign up at www.runforthefallenct.com . We also encourage everyone who wants to join a fund raising team to visit www.crowdrise.com/rftfct2013 You can fund raise for us or for the military based charity of your choice. Please share this event with anyone you think would be interested.
If you’d like to contribute to our event in any way just let the coordinator, Cliff Paquette know. Thanks so much!!
Gold Star Family Coordinator
Honor and Remember CT Chapter
- Tampa, FL: Sept. 7-8, 2013
The 6th annual event in Tampa will expect 3-5k participants this year. Last year we had a bit over 3k; it was amazing.
FREE Memorial Event to help us “Never Forget”
1 mile Walk / 5K Run / 10K
Saturday & Sunday, September 7&8, 2013
Register for walk/run:
Register to volunteer:
Returning to our orignal location:
Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park
3602 N. US Hwy 301
Tampa, FL 33619
Florida Fallen Memorial
will be on display for the public.
Saturday, September 7th
5:30 – 7:30p.m. Packet Pick Up
6 – 7:30p.m. – Cook Out $5/each
7:45p.m. – Motorcycle Procession arrives to stand guard
8p.m. – Candlelight Memorial
Sunday, September 8
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Late Registration
9a.m. – Opening Ceremony
1 mile Walk/Run
Honored Guests: Gold Star Families
Particpants needed to represent each Fallen Hero from Florida
2008/participants & spectators = 230+
2009/participants & spectators = 350+
2010/participants & spectators = 750+
2011/participants & spectators = 850+
2012/participants & spectators = 3,000+
Florida Fallen Memorial will again be on display for event.
Email for this event: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Port St. Lucie, FL: Aug 17, 2013
Our community in Port St. Lucie, Florida has scheduled a run for August 17, 2013. This will take place within our community (Magnolia Lakes) and we are hoping for a large turnout. We are asking for, but not requiring, a donation of non-perishable goods to be donated to a homeless veterans organization here on the Treasure Coast.
This is our first run/walk and we hope to make this an annual event.
I and my husband will be walking in honor of our nephew, Maj. Stuart A. Wolfer, KIA Iraq, April 6, 2008.
All questions about the run may be directed to MaryAnne Wolfer.
- Fort Gordon, GA
Ft. Gordon hosted its annual Tribute to the Fallen Run from 1000 on 29Oct to approximately 0900 on 7Nov. There were Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilians participating in the run.
- Ft. Benning, GA: Aug. 17, 2013
WHEN: August 17,2013 starting at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: Stewart Watson Field, Ft Benning GA
WHY: To honor the lives of the Rangers who have paid the ultimate
price for our freedom.
No registration or cost required. This event is open to everyone.
Come out and join us for a 1 mile walk/run around Stewart Watson
Field to honor our Fallen Rangers.
For more information on this event please contact Melissa Glasspoole,
Regiment FRSA at 706-545-0743 or email@example.com
- Kings Bay, GA: June 14 and Aug. 21, 2013
Subase Kings Bay will be holding two Run for the Fallen 5ks this year, on June 14th and August 21st. Please contact Heather McCormick at the Fitness Center on the base.
- Charleston, IL: Aug 17, 2013
The Fourth Annual Run for the Fallen event in Illinois will be held Aug. 17, 2013, at the Charleston, Ill., High School track. The event is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. We run/walk a mile for each military man and woman from Illinois who has died in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contacts are Bill Lair (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-218-2549), Vivian Bales (217-549-0117 or email@example.com), or Carolyn Cloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-234-8022).
Stay up to date on their Facebook event page:
- Elk Horn, IA: May 26, 2013
Each year, Elk Horn, Iowa—RUN FOR THE FALLEN, Inc. strives toward making a difference in the lives of so many people affected by the loss of their loved ones from all branches of the military. Each and every person touched by a loss due to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and all other Military conflicts will feel they are not alone and find comfort knowing their HERO will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
This year, we are starting a new tradition for the Elk Horn, Iowa RUN FOR THE FALLEN— we will be holding the “Walk of Honor” on Sunday, May 26 during the 2013 Elk Horn Iowa Tivoli Fest. We will start at 2:00pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the American Legion Post #322 Veterans’ Memorial Park. When the ceremony is over, we will start the “Walk” by taking the trail to the DANISH IMMIGRANT MUSEUM and return back to the Park. Along the “Walk of Honor” we will display our local veterans’ photo and a short biography on weather-proof, moveable signage—placards.
- Fort Leavenworth, KS: Aug. 17, 2013
Fort Leavenworth will be having their 3rd Annual Run For the Fallen on August 17th at 8 am. Call 684-1830 for more information. Registration and additional information available at www.fortleavenworthfmwr.com under Adult Sports, runs, and is FREE. Same Day Registration will begin at 0700 on August 17, 0800 is opening comments and 0830 run start.
- Fort Riley, KS: May 4
RUN FOR THE FALLEN
May 4, 8-10AM
Riley’s Conference Center Running Track Fort Riley, KS
- Lexington, KY: Aug. 24, 2013
RFTF 2013: Lexington, KY
The 6th annual Run/Walk for the Fallen, Lexington, Kentucky will take place on Saturday August 24th, 2013 at 8.30am.
Please contact us at email@example.com for any questions.
- Run for the Fallen, Maine: August 25, 2013
The 6th annual Maine event is coming up on August 25th. Please visit the website for more information.
- Lake of the Ozarks, MO: Aug. 17, 2013
Lake of the Ozarks Run/Walk for the Fallen, Saturday, August 17th at 8 AM – Walk/Run one mile for our fallen soldiers – Camdenton Middle School – For more information call the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce 573-346-2227 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scottsbluff, NE: Aug. 17, 2013
WHEN: August 17, 2013 9 AM
WHERE: The run/walk will consist of a one mile loop starting and finishing at the Veterans Memorial located on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. You are invited to walk/run as many laps as you wish.
COST: This is the inaugural and there are no fees associated with this event. It is simply a gathering of those wishing to honor those who have given everything for our country and our freedom
- Alexandria Bay, NY: Aug. 17, 2013
Honoring PFC. Jack T. Sweet KIA 2/8/08
and Those Who Gave Their All
ONE MILE WALK/RUN
August 17th, 2013
Registration Start 9:00am – 10:00am
At the American Legion Post #904, 9 Rock St. Alexandria Bay, NY
At 10:00am their will be a ceremony to start the walk/run – this will be a short 1 mile walk/run to encourage those who may not participate in a longer event, those who would like to do more than 1 mile are welcome too.
For more information on this event contact
Penny Hawley 315-486-6777 or Tracy Bartlett 315-408-8730
- Rome, NY: Aug. 18, 2013
The 6th annual Run/walk for the Fallen Rome, NY to coincide with Jon’s run, is going to be held on August 18, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the B-52 site located on Perimeter Road on the old Griffiss AFB. I am inviting anyone who wants to participate; friends, families and children. You only have to run/walk one mile, but you may run/walk more if you desire. There is no fee just a sense of honor. Sign up for the run usually takes place one hour prior to its start or I can forward you the bib and the release form by emailing me and you can bring them already filled out.
This run is in honor of area service members Army Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley, Jr., Army Captain George Wood, Army Sgt. Michael Uvanni, Marine Sgt. Elisha R. Parker, Army Cpl. John Sigsbee, Army Sgt. Christopher C. Simpson, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alec Mazur, Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Geary, Army Cpl. Michael Mayne, Marine Lance Cpl. Blaise A. Oleski, Marine Lance Cpl Jeremy S. Lasher, Army Spc. Blair Thompson, Army Sgt. Edward Bolen, Air Force Tsgt Adam K. Ginett, Marine Cpl. K. Matthew Cannan, Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Ainsworth, Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, Chief Warrant Officer Charles Hammet and/or any other military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
- Goldsboro, NC: Sept. 14, 2013
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Debden Park | Goldsboro , NC. Here’s the link!
- Akron, OH: Aug. 3, 2013
Anyone near Akron/Canton, OH on Saturday, August 3rd please join us at the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park for Run to the Wall in honor of our military.
- Portland, OR: Aug 17, 2013
This year is the 5th annual Oregon Run for the Fallen, and we always display the Honor and Remember flag at our run. It is a 5K run/walk and you can get more information at http://bluestarmothersoforegon.com/events/run-for-the-fallen/
- Fort Jackson, SC: 2013
The South Carolina 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Fallen has been rescheduled for 19 October 2013 at 8:00 am. There will an update soon with a new date. All participants are required to register online at
1. Sign in as a guest and please follow the instructions step by step.
2. You are finished when you print your receipt for the event.
3. This is a free event.
POC: Leslie Smith (803) 751-4867.
- Eagle Butte, SD: Aug. 17, 2013
We will start at 11:00am, the 17th, at the Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, SD and walk through town along the Hawk Eagle Pathway..a sidewalk dedicated in the memory of PFC.Sheldon Hawk Eagle. We also include the family of Cpl.Tanner O’Leary. Please join us.
- Sioux Falls, SD: August 24, 2013
The Third Annual “Walk for the Fallen” is a FREE event which will take place Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 11:30AM. The walk will be held at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, as a part of “Operation Freedom Bird 2013,” which will begin Saturday and continue through Sunday, August 25. More information can be found at www.walkforthefallensiouxfalls.com or by calling Brad Steckelberg at 605-376-9881. The purpose for this event is to walk a mile honoring service members who have died as a result of war. We will read the names of all of South Dakota’s Fallen Heroes we’ve lost since September 11, 2001.
The Sioux Falls walk is observed by the families of SSG Jeremy D Vrooman (Army), SSG Robb Rolfing (Army), SSG Gregory Wagner (SD Army National Guard), and 1LT Thomas Martin (Army), as well as many friends and supporters.
- Veteran’s Day event: Hendersonville, TN
The Hendersonville Running Club carried their 11 RFTF memorials in the Hendersonville, TN Veterans Parade on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 2 pm. The list of names appears in our August RFTF event.
- Hendersonville, TN: Aug. 17, 2013
The Hendersonville Running Club is hosting their annual “Run for the Fallen” on Aug 17, in Hendersonville TN. The event will be held at Veterans Park near George Whtten Elem. School and will start at 0800. They will be running approximately 6 miles, stopping at each memorial for a short meditation and leaving a small flag and a rose at each memorial. The public is invited to run, all or part of the greenway route, or simply attend the event. The fallen that are being remembered are as follows:
SSGT Brock A. Beery, Army, White House, TN March 23,2006
MGSGT Jeffrey E. Bohr, Marine, Ossian, IA April 10, 2003
LCPL Andrew P. Carpenter, Marine, Columbia, TN February 19, 2011
SSGT James W. Cawley, Marine, Roy, UT, March 29, 2003
CPL Jason Fisher, Army, Sumner Cy, TN, November 14, 2002
CW02 Billie Jean Grinder, Army National Guard, Gallatin, TN, February 21, 2010
SGT Joey D. Link, Air Force, Portland, TN, August 5, 2007
CPL Patrick R. Nixon, Marine, Gallatin, TN March 23, 2003
LCPL Tyler R. Overstreet, Marine, Gallatin, TN, October 23, 2006
SPEC Joshua H. Reeves, Army, Watkinsville, GA, September 22, 2007
SGT Roberto Sanchez, Army, Satellite Beach, FL , October 1, 2009
- Hempstead, TX: Aug 17, 2013
The 2013 Watermelon Run For The Fallen will be here before we know it! On
Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 7:00 am, we will have the Fourth Annual
walk/roll/run event and it will be bigger than ever. The run will begin at
the Hempstead High Shcool football field, located at 500 Donoho Street,
Hempstead, TX 77445.
Here is a preview of what we have in store…
Begining at 5am to 6am the SE Texas Patriot Guard, Thin Blue Line, and the
Marine Corp Motorcycle groups will stage at Love’s Truck Stop in Waller,
TX and then “Ride For The Fallen” to the Hempstead Football Field/Track.
Anyone wishing to ride with them will need to contact KP McNeal at
email@example.com for more information.
0600: Begin Set-up at Hempstead HS Football Field/Track
0630: Participants welcomed
0645: Registration of 5k participants at Hempstead High School Football
0730: Opening prayer followed by Old Glory raised by an Army Ranger while
the National Anthem is played. Hempstead Fire Department will display
criss cross water cannons.
At conclusion of the National Anthem, a 20 minute performance of
multi-aircraft precision formations air show by Freedom Flight (Flight
Lead is Col. Sam Ward, USAF, Ret., Vietnam F-4 driver supported by
other experienced airline and combat pilots including one ï¿½ThunderThud
Driverï¿½ with a MIG kill) ï¿½ the last formation will be the Missing Man
Swearing-in of Army recruits by BGen Henry Ostermann, USA, Ret.
0755: Professional civilian and police unit Skydivers carrying the
American flag land on the football field.
0800: Division of Navy T-45 Goshawk from Kingsville Naval Air Station,
Training Air Wing Two (four jets) execute flyover (if operational tempo
0801 C/1/19th and C/1/5/19th Special Forces Group will line up and run in
“FULL COMBAT KIT”
0801: Gold Star families & injured Warriors in Transition from Brooke Army
Medical Center lead the runners and participants around the track followed
by 5k runners starting
Muster at the Hempstead Memorial and Gazebo following completion of the 5k
run (5k ends at Memorial)
Patriotic music provided by The Ziggy Moonshine Band until all
participants in the 5k run muster at the Gazebo/Memorial
Display of Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Traveling Wall
Display Artist Ken Pridgeon renditions of fallen Texans
Old Glory & Texas flags brought to half mast for the Missing Man Ceremony
& Roll Call
Missing Man Ceremony at Gazebo/Memorial
Brief address to the crowd by a senior Officer
Reading of the Roll Call of every Texan killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom
I & II, Operation Enduring Freedom at Gazebo/Memorial (reading begun by
Commandant Amos or designee and followed by other invited dignitaries)
Old Glory & Texas flags brought to full following the conclusion of the
Formal honor memorial event concluded at the end of the release of the
balloons with a photo of each fallen Texan attached
Continued viewing of static military displays provided for the public by
Marine, Army and Army National Guard units following conclusion of the
reading of the roll call
Free, live patriotic music provided for the crowd at the conclusion of the
release of the balloons. Music by Country Music Performer Darby Ledbetter
and The Band of Brothers, (Darby is a now Warrant Officer in the National
Guard and when he was on active duty in the Army, he served 5 combat tours
in Southwest Asia).
Announce Free BBQ and refreshments at conclusion of Roll Call and start of
music by Darby Ledbetter
This year the founder of Run For The Fallen, Jon Bellona, will be in
attendance. So everyone come out and meet him.
Also, Marine Sgt. Eric Morante will be running in honor of Lance CPL
Robert Alexander Martinez who was KIA 12-01-2005. Morante lost his right
leg while on deployment in Iraq. When Eric lost his leg he also lost 10
Marines in the same fire fight, Martinez being one of the 10. Martinez is
from Splendora and had given Eric a pair of his boots just prior to being
killed in action. Eric will be doing our run on one leg and wearing the
boot of of Martinez.
- VA Run for the Fallen: May 2-5, 2013
Virginia Run for the Fallen will be happening on May 2-5 2013. Organized by George Lutz, director and founder of Honor and Remember, this run will be one you do not want to miss! The run will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery with a special ceremony in Section 60.
For more, please visit:
- Amherst, WI: July 27, 2013
Our family will be hosting: Lived Hard Died Young Run/Walk honoring Sgt. Eugene Uhl, III on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Registration will be held at 11 AM. We host a bake sale, Run, lunch, and basket raffle. More information will be available soon via Facebook: Livedharddiedyoung
- Milwaukee, WI: Aug 17/18, 2013
Once again the Families of our Fallen from Wisconsin and their supporters will walk in honor of of our Heroes. We will be lead by our wonderful local Patriot Guard Riders. We will place flags on the grave sites of our Fallen from OIF/OEF buried at Woods National Cemetery in Milwaukee and hold a Memorial Service. After the Walk we will have a BBQ for all attending and will be selling t-shirts with the names of all our WI Fallen on them, whether they died in combat or due to having served in combat. There will also be walks/runs in 2 other Wisconsin cities and in South Dakota and Kentucky where some of our WI Families of the Fallen now reside.