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The race will benefit the Warrior Bonfire Program. Our mission is to give support to Purple Heart combat veterans. The race will start and finish at Falcon Park in Highlands Ranch. The route will be on open space trails and Cheese Ranch.
Registration is $35 through September 15th and includes an event t-shirt
Registration is $35 September 16th - October 6th and t-shirts are given on a first come first serve basis (sizes not guaranteed)
Registration for 12 and under is only $10 and included t-shirts (first come first serve)
Day of registration and check in begins at 8am.
The 5K will start at 9am.
This event will be professionally timed and medals will be given out to the first and second place winners.
Running divisions will be:
Over all Winner male
Over all Winner female
Boys (15 Years and younger)
Girls (15 Years and younger)
Male (16-40 Years old)
Female (16-40 Years old)
Male (41 Years and older)
Female (41 Years and older)
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
In the later part of 2012, the vision of the Warrior Bonfire Program began to form in the mind of our founder, Dan Fordice, as he often looked for ways to serve and help his fellow veterans who suffered from injuries both physical and mental. Dan served for a total of 13 years between the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard and it is truly his passion to find resources and connections to relieve any possible obstacle.
Dan found himself in a conversation with SFC (RET. USA) Charles Gregory Williams, who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury when a Rocket Propelled Grenade struck and exploded a 50 Cal ammunition box two feet from his head and was later medically retired in November 2011 for wounds received while in combat. Greg commented that he could spend a full day with a PhD certified counselor and not come close to the therapeutic value of sitting around a bonfire with five or six guys who were there. Dan quickly responded, “We will provide the bonfire!”
Finding this new purpose to fulfill his passion, Dan began putting in place the structure to build environments that would be most beneficial to our Purple Heart recipients. On the eve of December 30, 2012, Dan organized a small event with family and friends on the sandbar bank of the Mississippi River, with dinner, music and a bonfire. It was then he announced his plans as we gathered around the fire and introduced many of us to the formal retirement of our tired and tattered American Flags. It was then that the Warrior Bonfire Program began.
Dan jumped on putting together events and bonfires faster than you could light a match. He pulled resources from family and friends, for the use of hunting clubs, transportation, food donations, and more. Each trip continues to build more structure and organization as well as build the fire in our hearts to light the way.