Sat May 11, 2019 Rockford, IL US 61109 Directions
ALWAYS REMEMBER! NEVER FORGET!
Events

Half Marathon Run

8:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT

5k Run/Walk

8:30AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT

3k Run/Walk (17 and younger)

8:30AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT

3k Run/Walk (18+)

8:30AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT
Place
4919 Blackhawk Rd. (Cherry Valley Fire Department Carlson Hall)
Rockford, IL US 61109
Description
Please join us for the Run for the Fallen Half Marathon Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 3k Run/Walk by honoring and supporting Gold Star Families and our Fallen Heroes.  The Run for the Fallen is presented by Gold Star Mission and sponsored by Runner's Image, Carlyle Brewing Co, Cherry Valley Fire Department, and Rockford Lithuanian Club.  The 5k and 3k will have special "Kid Friendly" pricing for ages 17 and under ( All runners must register on RunSignUp). This event is an opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of Winnebago County's forest preserves while supporting the efforts of the Gold Star Mission.  This event is also a Rockford Road Runner Circuit Race. 
The Gold Star Mission is a nonprofit organization that seeks to Honor and Support Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of our Fallen Heroes through service to others in need. The Gold Star Mission works to ensure higher education is a possibility for the family members of Illinois Service Members who have lost their lives in service to our country.  The Gold Star Mission allocates funds raised through Gold Star Mission events to support the Gold Star Mission Scholarship Fund.  The Gold Star Mission is an opportunity to ensure that these service members’ names live on forever, and that their sacrifices create opportunities to enrich the lives of others. Thus, we must Never Forget.
All races will be held primarily within three beautiful Winnebago County Forest Preserves; Kishwaukee, Blackhawk Springs and Espenschied. Much of the half marathon is on trails ranging from grassy double-track to twisting and technical single-track. The remainder is on paved roads and paths.  The 5k Run/Walk utilizes a mix of paved and gravel.  The 3K Run/Walk utilizes paved roads.  Both races traverse a stretch of private property that is only open to registered racers on the day of the race. Scenic, well marked and with plenty of aid stations, these three events are ideal for first timers, but can also be a challenging race for experienced trail runners. Both courses will be supported and remain open for four hours, 8 AM to noon.  
Some portions of the race may be very muddy due to weather conditions in the days leading up to the race. If access to Espenschied F.P. is not possible due to high water levels, an alternate shortened course for the half marathon will be used.
A finisher medal will be provided for all participants for the:  3k (17 and under only), 5k, and half marathon.   *Day of registration sign-up may not receive a finisher medal due to supply* 
After the race, stay and celebrate with locally brewed beer from Rockford's own Carlyle Brewing Company (www.carlylebrewing.com. Must be 21) and will be available to all race entrants and paid guests.  A ceremony following the race will take place to honor and support the Gold Star Families and remember our fallen service members, thus preserving the memory of our Fallen Heroes. 
*SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION*

https://goldstarmission.org/

rrstar.com: New Rockford race to raise funds for Gold Star Families

Post Race Fun

FOR ALL PAID PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS, and GOLD STAR FAMILIES...

 PLEASE STAY AFTER THE RACE

Those who are 21 or older can enjoy a complimentary craft beer by Rockford's own

Carlyle Brewery.

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At 0930 A.M. - A brunch will be provided by the Loves Park Women Auxiliary Post 9759

  • Rockford, IL Gold Star Mother, Angie White will say a few words prior to the race awards (see below on times).  Angie White's son Sgt Kenneth L. White, was a Rockford native, was twice decorated for bravery in action with the 25th Infantry Division.  Sgt White received two Bronze Stars. He also received the Purple Heart.  He was killed in action in Vietnam, on May 01, 1969.
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  • At 1000 A.M.  - A short ceremony remembering our fallen prior to the 3k and 5k awards ceremony will take place to honor our fallen military heroes and honor all Gold Star Families.

  • At 1100 A.M. - A short ceremony  remembering our fallen prior to the 1/2 marathon awards ceremony will take place to honor our fallen military heroes and honor all Gold Star Families.

All paid participants (parents of youth runners included) , volunteers, and Gold Star Families can relax before and after the event inside Carlson Hall.  Multiple vendors from various veteran organizations, a mobile memorial wall of Illinois Fallen Military Heroes, Gold Star Mission information on the Gold Star 500 and General John A. Logan 200 will be present in Carlson Hall. 

Finisher Medals

A finisher medal for 1/2 marathon participants will be provided.  *Day of registration may not receive a medal depending on supply*
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A finisher medal for 3k and 5k finishers will be provided.  *Day of registration may not receive a medal depending on supply*

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No awards will be given to 18+ for the 3k event.
No finisher medals will be given to 18+ for the 3k event

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The Gold Star Mission is a nonprofit organization that seeks to Honor and Support Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of our Fallen Heroes through service to others in need.  To find out more event opportunities with the Gold Star Mission check out:  https://goldstarmission.org

We Remember the 34 Fallen Illinois National Guard Soldiers

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Additional race information can be found at https://goldstarmission.org/.

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