Why do we Run ?

Run for the Fallen CT serves as a memorial for all servicemen and women who lost their lives serving our country during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and other post-9/11 conflicts; specifically the sixty-five fallen service members from Connecticut. This event is also a tribute to ALL United States servicemen and women who have given their lives throughout history in all conflicts.

The Event

The annual running event and gathering takes place in Middletown, CT and honors our military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is an all-day event designed around a 65KM run that dedicates one kilometer to each of the fallen 65 men and women from CT. The run is divided into eight laps beginning and ending at Veterans Memorial Park, home of the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial (CTHM). There will be a large memorial ceremony in the afternoon upon completion of the final lap.

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Virtual Run

This year, we have set up a virtual 5K race for to help raise funds for our event. What’s a virtual race? It is a “race” that can be run (or walked) at any location or time you choose. Run or walk on the road, trail, treadmill, track, or even at another race. You get to run/walk your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. Or, challenge your friends and form a team to complete 65K as a group! Participants will receive a 2018 Run For the Fallen CT T-Shirt and custom challenge coin upon registration in lieu of a medal. This is also a great way to participate remotely if you are not able to attend the event in September.

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Run/Walk

Join us as we honor Connecticut’s 65 fallen heroes by running/walking in their memory. Each of the 65KM kilometers will be dedicated to a fallen service member from CT. A paved track around the CTHM will be available for individuals interested in walking and learning about the 65 Fallen.

Volunteer

Run for the Fallen has been a success in the past due to the hard work and dedication of volunteers who donate their time each year. We are always looking for people to join our team of volunteers. If you are interested in sharing your time, please register to volunteer! Interested in being on a planning committee? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator via the “Contact Us” page!

Donate

Run for the Fallen CT is a free event for the community serving as a memorial for those we’ve lost. Donations and sponsors are needed every year to assist with the cost of the Run and ceremony. Please visit our Donations page for more information.

Gold Star

Every year, Gold Star families participate in our event as runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers. As our guests of honor, we look forward to joining together with you to honor the Connecticut Service Members who have lost their lives in military service. Many of the families and friends of the Fallen stand by their loved one's kilometer marker on the running course to greet the runners as they stop to pay their respects.

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