Vet Fest was created by Delawareans who are motivated by the 22in22 movement that encourages people to run or walk 22 miles in 22 days to highlight the epidemic of military related suicides.
Every day nearly 22 of our warriors succumb to the silent wounds that few of us can understand. In response, Vet Fest was created to demonstrate our passion for supporting the military and first responder communities and especially our combat veterans. This day is filled with music, food, laughter and community. Proceeds from this event go directly to support Stop Soldier Suicide, Inc., a 501c3 that works 1-on-1 with troops, veterans, and military family members to help navigate the maze of services, programs, and assistance available.
Registration (Day of registration will be available for $30 per event)
- CIVILIAN: $25.00 (Either event) - Receive 2 free drink tickets
- MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDER & ROTC: $15 (Either event) -Must be former or active military, first responder or ROTC- Receive 2 free drink tickets
- COLOR BEARER: $15 (Wear favorite military or first responder unit’s colors & emblem and/or carry a flag supporting our first responders, military or country - Either event) - Receive 2 free drink tickets
- GORUCK - Special division $25 What is Rucking? There is no set weight class for this division, but it is recommend 20 or 30LBS. Any “backpack” will do, but we recommend GORUCK Ruck Sacks for their durability and lifetime warranty. Founded by a Green Beret, GORUCK is an American brand with Special Forces roots. Excellence, toughness, and adaptability are the pillars of our way of life, which influence how we do, what we do. The VetFest GORUCK follows the same 5K course as the runners.
- Upgrade: Purchase a Vet Fest tee shirt and support our mission to end military suicides $22 - Receive t-shirt and an additional free drink ticket. This option is available as an add-on to your event registration.
- 09:00 Day of registration and bib pick-up open
- 10:00 GORUCK start
- 10:45 Color Guard Presentation
- 11:00 5K Run to honor our Military & First Responder Community
- 11:05 1-mile Fun Walk to honor our Military & First Responder Community
- 12:00 Parade, All Vets invited to March
- 12:30 Music Festival kicks off
- 14:00 Event remarks and 5K awards presentation to overall male/female
Awards: Overall Male/Female
Course: Very unique, out and back course with a turnaround at the canal! This is the 5K and RUCK course: map video preview
Checks can be written to Stop Soldier Suicide, Inc, c/o 110 South Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Social Media: Vet Fest 5K / Vet Fest Event