FORT LEE, Virginia – Fort Lee’s ninth annual Run for the Fallen starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, here at Williams Stadium. Participation is free and open to the public.

Run for the Fallen is part of a national, nonprofit initiative that started in 2007 when a group of civilians decided to run from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery. Last year, the Fort Lee observance drew more than 6,500 participants paying tribute to fallen military members by running and walking over 15,000 miles.

“We would like each participant to run or walk a mile for a service member who lost his or her life,” said Angela Bellamy, Survivor Outreach Service support coordinator for Army Community Service. “Our goal is to educate everyone on the importance of honoring and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. We want to let survivors know we honor them for the sacrifice their families have made by losing their loved ones – and we will never forget.”

The event will feature a performance by the world-renowned U.S. Army Drill Team and remarks from a special guest speaker prior to the run kicking off with a survivors’ lap led by the Virginia Patriot Guard. Participants may elect to walk or run a 1-mile or 5K course. More information is available at or by calling 804-734-6445 or 734-6446.

Those participating in the run are encouraged to use the hashtag #whoiamrunningfor in connection with the event on social media.

Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Saturday. Unregistered individuals also may sign up to participate at that time.

The rain date for the event is May 18, 8:30 a.m., with the same check-in time.

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Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans,  family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.