Run for the Fallen 2012
On the weekend of August 18/19, 2012, we encouraged 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 – 2011, we posted runs here, in order!, by state and country. If you didn’t see your event listed, please email contact [at] runforthefallen [dot] org with information about your run.
Last year, there were roughly 7,000 participants in 32 states and two countries, running a combined total of over 39,352 miles. This year, there were roughly 19,692 participants and 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 the runs 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
- Run for the Fallen: Arkansas 2012 (March 17-18)
Arkansas Run for the Fallen will be March 17-18. The web address for more information is www.arkansasrunforthefallen.org
Download the run’s flyer.
- USS Enterprise: Sept 11, 2012
On September 11, 800 warriors from the USS Enterprise contributed 5,180 miles for our Run for the Fallen. The ship is currently underway. A few more events are left, but the total mileage is now over 23800 miles! Thank you for all that you do USS Enterprise.
- RFTF 2012 – Merced, CA
The 3rd ANNUAL RFTF in MERCED, CA!
Saturday, August 18th Applegate Park at 8:00 AM Pre-registration at 7:30AM
Fallen soliders from Merced County:
Sgt Jose Rodriguez, PFC Karina Lau, Cpl Cesar Granados, LCpl Travis Layfield, Cpl Joshua Pickard, SSG Frank Gasper,
SPC Lukas Hopper,Marine Sgt Matthew Abbate, SSG Vincent Ashlock. Please feel free to join us in honoring your fallen Soldier that has served of any ERA of war by bringing a picture to share with the Community.
We will provide tables to display your pictures. Our Run will be on Saturday 18 August 2012 at the Flag pole at Applegate Park off M Street
We will be pre-registering at 7:00 Am and runners / walkers start at 8:00 AM. The route is 4.21 miles
Using the bear Creek bike path.
Please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/RunForTheFallenMercedCA for pre-registration in the
Community and updates on our event.
For more information please feel free to contact Anita Richards at 209-382-0445 or e-mail us at
See the attached Registration Form.
- Ft. Carson, CO: Aug. 18, 2012
August 18, 2012
Iron Horse Park
5k Run: 9:00
1M Walk: 9:10
- RFTF 2012 – CT
RFTF 2012 in CT will be July 28, at the Glastonbury High school track from 11-3. A team of runners will complete a 61 KM run ending at the track event at around 1. The FB page https://www.facebook.com/#!/Run.for.the.fallen.CT. This year we are encouraging people and Gold Star families to form teams and independantly fundraise for charity, scholarship, or memorial fund of their choice. We already have several people using Crowdrise to raise money for WWP and Purple Heart Homes. There are also 2 scholarships in honor of 2 of our heroes being set up for the first time because the families now have a venue to promote them.
- Tampa Bay, FL: August 25-26, 2012
- Ft. Benning, GA: Aug, 18, 2012
The 75th Ranger Regiment will be holding our 2nd Annual Run For The Fallen event. Below are the details.
¨ WHEN: August 18,2012 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
- RFTF 2012 – Kingsland, GA
MWR at SUBASE Kings Bay will be hosting two 5K’s (June 14th & August 21st) for the Run for the Fallen. Both 5K’s will begin at 0700 at the fitness complex located at 1210 USS Daniel Boone Ave, Kingsland, GA 31547
This year will be our 4th Run for the Fallen event. Each year we host two 5K’s, one in mid June and the other in August. Our August event last year was a huge success, with over 600 runners, including the MCPON Rick West. Please check out our photos @
- RFTF 2012: Charleston, IL
Vivian Bales and Bill Lair are putting on this year’s Charleston, IL Run for the Fallen. The event will be held on Saturday, August 18 between 7a and 1p. If you would like to participate, please fill out and submit the following form.
Questions? Please contact : Vivian Bales at 217-549-0117, or Bill Lair at 217-345-9580
- Terre Haute, Indiana: August 18, 2012
3rd Annual Wabash Valley Run For The Fallen in Terre Haute, Indiana
August 18, 2012
Flag ceremony begins at 9:00AM
ISU Memorial Stadium at the corner of Brown and Wabash Ave in Terre Haute, Indiana
One American flag for each fallen hero from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, bearing their name, home state, where they served and when they gave their life.
New this year is a 5K race to kick things off at 8:00 AM
Race registration, volunteer sign-ups and other event information can be found at our website: www.wvrunforthefallen.org
Contact: Olivia Goulding
- Elk Horn, IA: Sept 15, 2012
Teresa Jarvis will again have her Iowa Run for the Fallen. This year her’s will take place on September 15, 2012. Details and contact information may be found at: http://www.elkhorn-ia-runforthefallen.us/.
We are also having KSOM do a ‘live’ broadcast from 4 to 6pm the day of the event!!
We are really hoping for a big turnout this year—unfortunately we have lost way too many Heroes from Iowa—but we want their families to know that we will NEVER FORGET THEM!!!
All donations received that exceed the expense of putting this event on, we go directly to the GOLD STAR FAMILIES OF IOWA Organization.
- Ft. Leavenworth, KS: Aug. 11, 2012
August 11, 2012
Resiliency Center, 8a.
- Fort Leavenworth, KS (2012-08-11)
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas will host a Run For the Fallen event Aug 11, 2012 at 8AM
at the Resiliency Center located at 600 Thomas Avenue. Participants can walk
or run a 3 mile course on this historic post.
Last year’s inaugural event had 550 participants run a total of 1,731.5
miles to honor fallen service members.
This year, our goal is 600 participants and 2,000 miles logged.
This event is open to the public and will feature an open house to showcase
our Center of Valor and Remembrance. This wing of the Resiliency Center is a
dedicated space for Survivors to honor their fallen service member.
The event is free with refreshments available for all who come.
For information please contact Ben Fonte at 913-684-1674, Sharon Adams at
913-684-2821 or Sun Rodgers at 913-684-1830
More details will follow. Download their flyer.
- Ft. Campbell, KY
August 11, 630 am, Air Assault School on Fort Campbell (Gate 3)- this is during Week of the Eagles!!! 70th Anniversary
RFTF Runner’s Bib (PDF Format) for the run can be printed off of http://www.fortcampbellmwr.com/
(it is under Announcements)
- RFTF 2012: Lexington, KY
The 5th annual Run/Walk for the Fallen Lexington Kentucky will take place on Saturday August 25th, 2012 at 8.30am.
Please contact Joshua Koshy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. This event has grown from 40 participants in the first year to over 400 participants last year.
- Fort Leonard Wood, MO: Aug. 11, 2012
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
August 11th at 8:00 am
POC Rick Harne
- Lake of the Ozarks, MO: Aug. 18, 2012
This will be our third year but a new location.
Lake of the Ozarks, Saturday, August 18th – Trisha Creach – We will be honoring all of our soldiers and hope to get at least 137 people to walk one mile to pay special tribute to our Missouri men and women killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The event will begin at 8 AM in Camdenton, Missouri at the Camdenton Middle School Theater. For more information contact Trish Creach, 573-346-2227, email@example.com
- RFTF 2012 – New Hampshire
Run for the Fallen New Hampshire, Sunday, September 16, 2012
- RFTF 2012 – New Jersey
The 4th NJ Run for the Fallen will take place over the last weekend in September 2012 over three days.
The Run will start on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:am at the Cape May Lighthouse in NJ and will finish on Gold Star Mother/Family Day, Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 3:30pm at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’s Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. During the three days the team of active duty military runners are expected to cover a total distance of 165+ miles through the state stopping each mile to honor a NJ Hero, with the intent of creating a 165+ mile Memorial Trail.
For more information please go to http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/the-run-2012.html
As in 2011, the second mile on the Friday morning will be at Sunset Beach and will be run to Honor and Remember 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary. http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/1st-lt-michael-j-cleary.html
- Clovis, NM: Aug. 18, 2012
Clovis, NM/Cannon AFB
Please join us on Saturday, August 18th, 8 a.m. at Goodwin Lake Trails in Clovis (on Prince St. across from Bahama Buck’s) for an informal group run/walk. Contact information: Megan Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alexandria Bay, NY: Aug. 18, 2012
Honoring PFC. Jack T. Sweet KIA 2/8/08
and Those Who Gave Their All
ONE MILE WALK/RUN
August 18th, 2012
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. 19, 2012
The 5th Annual Run/Walk for the Fallen in Rome, NY will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 0900 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. Bibs and release forms will be available one hour prior to the start of the run.
This local run is in honor of our own local soldiers 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 and Air Force Tsgt Adam K. Ginett and/or any one else you would like to honor who has paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am honored to be a part of this event and my hopes are that you will be too. If anyone has any questions or plans to participate please contact me Jeannine L. Olney at email@example.com
- Jackson, OH: Aug. 18, 2012
The community of Jackson , Ohio will be honoring and remembering the fallen from the state of Ohio on August 18, 2012. The event will begin with a memorial at 0900 hours at Jackson Middle School track and run will start immediately following .
- Westerville, OH: Aug. 25, 2012
The run will be held August 25, 2012 at 9am. The location will be at Sharon Woods Metro Parks in Westerville, Ohio. We will be dedicating our run to the Ohio hometown military lost so far in 2012 while also honoring all those lost since 9/11. Any donations collected will be given to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury, Ohio.
Contact is Stephanie Crowl Bennett. Comments and questions may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Memorial Day Run : University of Oregon
On Wednesday May 23rd, 2012, the University of Oregon will host a preview screening of To Them That’s Gone, and hold its own Run for the Fallen in honor of Memorial Day. Please join us to watch this poignant film, and run to honor and remember all Americans who have died in Iraq & Afghanistan.
- Penn State: Aug. 9, 2012
Thursday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. Penn State Lehman campus.
Contact and more info. at:
- RFTF 2012: Fort Jackson, SC
The 2nd Fort Jackson 5k Run/Walk for the Fallen will take place on Saturday August 18, 2012 at 7:00 am. The run will be held at Hilton Field – Fort Jackson, SC.
Questions may be directed to Christine at
- Sioux Falls, SD: Sept. 29, 2012
South Dakota gang is going to walk again this year! Both the Sioux Falls walk and the Eagle Butte walk will walk on Saturday, September 29. In Sioux Falls, we will start at 8AM.
www.walkforthefallensiouxfalls.com is our new website!
- RFTF 2012: Hendersonville, TN
The Hendersonville Running Club will be hosting the 5th Annual Run For the Fallen Event on August 11, 2012 beginning at 0800. This event will begin at Drakes Creek Park and will take place over 24 hours with 9 memorials being placed for tribute. The kickoff will begin at 0800 with an organized run to each of the 9 memorials with 2 memorials being placed at each mile. The route will encompass 5 miles and all are invited to attend.
- Third Annual Watermelon Run For The Fallen, Aug. 18, 2012
The Third Annual Watermelon Run For The Fallen will be held in Hempstead, TX on August 18, 2012.
Watermelon Run For The Fallen – Saturday 18 August 2012
Supported by the City of Hempstead, Hempstead Independent School District, City of Hempstead, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Fallen Heroes Traveling Wall sponsored by the Texas Military Order of the Purple Heart, Houston FAA, Houston Chapter, First Marine Division Association, Inc., Freedom Flight, special unit of police & professional sky-divers, active and reserve military units manning static displays of military equipment and citizens from Texas and other states.
No commercial activity & no fundraising allowed … this is a solemn honor event and it is open to the public at no charge … all patriotic entertainment and refreshments are provided at no cost to the public
Note: the only charge will be a $20.00 entry fee for the 5k run to cover event costs … residual cash remaining above costs will be distributed to 501c military support organizations minus seed funds for the 2013 event.
Tentative Schedule of Events
0600: Begin Set-up at Hempstead HS Football Field/Track
0630: Participants welcomed
0645: Registration of 5k participants at Hempstead High School Football Field/Track
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 “ThunderThud Driver” with a MIG kill) – the last formation will be the Missing Man
Swearing-in of Army recruits by BGen Henry Ostermann, USA, Ret. (tentative)
0755: Professional civilian and police unit Skydivers carrying the American flag land on the football field. Lead skydiver will be Jay Stokes who holds the world record for most skydives in a 24 hour period.
0800: Division of Navy T-45 Goshawk from Kingsville Naval Air Station, Training Air Wing Two (four jets) execute flyover (if operational tempo permits)
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
their run with the American flag in the lead held by an Army Ranger
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 Roll Call
Release of helium-filled balloons with a photo and brief bio of each fallen Texan attached.
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 … key challenge is keeping folks around for Darby’s entertainment.
- wear blue Runs for the Fallen
6,423 miles – A mile for every fallen.
Memorial Day 2012 – 28 May
Join wear blue for a Memorial Day run in DuPont, WA! The JLBM chapter will begin running their miles at 8am, the exact moment when a wreath will be laid in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Join us at Powderworks Park at 8am to Run for the Fallen.
Pledge your miles for wear blue, Run for the Fallen, and Memorial Day by visiting:
- Milwaukee WI, August 19, 2012
The WI Families of our Fallen Military Heroes will participate in our (Being There-Reaching Out) 5th Annual Run for the Fallen on August 19th, 2012. We will walk rather than run because we hold our event on on the sacred military cemetery grounds of Woods National Cemetery in Milwaukee WI. We follow our walk with with a Memorial Sevice at the graves sites of those from WI Fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. We hold a Memorial Service at their grave sites and close the event with a BBQ. Since we started this event in WI back in 2008, when you started this, we now have Families of our Fallen organizing their own run/walks in cities throughout Wisconsin. God bless you for continuing this beautiful tradition..we are honored to be part of it. Judith Singer
- Isa Air Base, Bahrain
The Middle East, Sheik Isa Air Base in Bahrain held a Run for the Fallen event in which members were encouraged to donate their training miles to RFTF. As of 03 November, the base totalled 6582 miles.