FORT LEE, Va. – Registration is underway for Fort Lee’s eighth annual Run for the Fallen, set for May 12, 10 a.m., at Williams Stadium. Participation is free and open to the public.
“This run is a way to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Angela Bellamy, Fort Lee Survivor Outreach Services coordinator. “Every year, I am touched by the support of our event. It shows our community truly cares about Gold Star Families and will always remember fallen service members and their sacrifice.”
The event will include a survivors’ lap led by the Virginia Patriot Guard and remarks by a featured speaker, who will be announced through installation information channels in the upcoming weeks.
Participants may elect to walk or run a 1-mile or 5-mile course. Run pre-registration is available through May 7 at https://lee.armymwr.com/programs/runforthefallen or by calling (804) 734-6445 or 734-6446.
Check-in on the day of the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Unregistered individuals also may sign up to participate at that time.
The rain date for the event is May 19, 10 a.m., with the same check-in time.
For pre-registered runners, packet pick-up is available at the Army Community Service facility on Mahone Avenue, across the street from Burger King, May 8-9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., or at the event.
Photographs of fallen military service members for display along the run route may be submitted to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org through May 8.
Run for the Fallen is part of a national, nonprofit initiative that started 10 years ago when a group of civilians decided to run from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery.
Last year at the Fort Lee event alone, 4,500 participants paid tribute to fallen military members by running and walking more than 9,000 miles.
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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.