FORT LEE, Va. – Fort Lee’s sixth annual Run for the Fallen is set for Saturday at Williams Stadium. Participation is free and open to the public.
WHAT: 6th Annual Run for the Fallen
WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, June 11 (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Williams Stadium
The event features a 1-mile and 5-mile course. Run for the Fallen registration is available through 7 p.m., Thursday, June 7 by visiting www.leemwr.com/runforthefallen.
The event will include a survivors’ lap led by the Virginia Patriot Guard, comments from Garrison Commander Col. Paul K. Brooks and remarks by featured speaker, retired Capt. Jason Haag, National Director of Military Affairs for the American Humane Association. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Haag was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury. His experiences with the war service members face both overseas and at home give him a special perspective on military life and loss.
The Run for the Fallen is part of a national, nonprofit initiative that started when a group of civilians decided to run from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery.
Last year, a record 6,400 participants paid tribute to fallen military members by running and walking more than 18,000 miles at the Fort Lee event. Each year, the total mile figure is reported to the national Run for the Fallen organization.
Media planning to attend must contact Sarah Gauvin at (804) 734-6965, 400-7273 or firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday for escort instructions.