On March 14th, 15th and 16th, 2014, in an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of runners will complete a 140 mile run to honor every Arkansas service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Media coverage of last year's event can be found here.
Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team will stop at every marker where they will present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of every fallen service member in an effort to create a 140 mile memorial trail through Arkansas.
Registration is now open for the 5k. On Sunday, March 16, after the core run team crosses the bridge into Little Rock, the public is invited to join them as they continue towards the Capitol. If you know of anyone who may be a runner and wants to participate they can go here to register. This final 5k is not a race. There are no timing chips and no winners. Rather, it is an opportunity for people to come together to show their support for the fallen and run together as a team to show that support. If you are not a runner, please consider joining us at the state Capitol for the closing ceremony at 2:30 PM.
Each year we have event shirts that include all of our Arkansas hero's names embedded in a map of the state of Arkansas. If you would like to request a shirt, please go here.
The mission of the Arkansas Run for the Fallen is to raise awareness for the native Arkansans who fought and died supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The purpose is also to provide support, hope and healing to families grieving the death of a loved one in military service regardless of relationship or circumstance of death. We support organizations that enable the healing process for Arkansas residents whose lives have been affected by the GWOT.