Virtual Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk

Fri May 15 - Sun May 17, 2020 Bedford, VA US 24523


$25 Registration ends May 17, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Armed Forces Day 5K is Now Virtual!

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our country and our community, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation continues to evaluate the evolving health crisis. With guidance from the CDC and officials from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Foundation is diligently working to protect its visitors, staff, and volunteers. 

On May 16, the National D-Day Memorial will still be hosting the Armed Forces Day 5K; however, we have moved this event to a virtual race due to guidelines regarding large gatherings by the CDC.

As a current participant, you have the following options:

  • Move your registration to the virtual runner option
  • Cancel your registration and donate the race fees to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation
  • Cancel your registration and request a full refund

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you have about the virtual race. We know that it will be a different race than many are used to, but as we know this race has never been about medals—it’s been about supporting the National D-Day Memorial and those who defended, and continue to defend, our freedom.

We appreciate your continued support of our nation’s heroes and the National D-Day Memorial’s mission of educating the next generation about their valor, fidelity, and sacrifice. And, we hope that you will join us virtually as we run to support our troops past and present!

Here Are Your Options:

Virtual races happen all the time, and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own, and report your results - we’ll send you instructions.

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs and support the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

We understand. We hope you can join us in 2021.

3 Overlord Circle
Bedford, VA US 24523

Support our Armed Forces and the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic themed 5K Run/Walk. On May 16, 2020, the National D-Day Memorial will still be hosting the Armed Forces Day 5K; however, we have moved this event to a virtual race due to guidelines regarding large gatherings by the CDC.


So, What Is A Virtual Race?

For years, many races have offered a virtual runner option that allowed runners to participate no matter where they lived and to still support the race. Runners can sign up for the race, post their times online after running a 5K, and receive a 2020 Armed Forces Day 5K race shirt by mail.


How Do I Participate in the Virtual Armed Forces Day 5K?

Step 1: Register to run or walk the virtual Armed Forces Day 5K at The registration fee will remain at $25 through race day.

Step 2: Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the race and explain why it is important to you. Invite them to sign up and run with you in groups of 10 or less).

Step 3: On May 16 (or anytime on Armed Forces Day weekend), lace up your running shoes, head outside or hop on your treadmill, and walk or run to support our nation’s heroes past and present who defend our freedom! You can report your results to RunSignUp, too.

Most Importantly: Share with us on social media about why you signed up, pictures of training and your 5K, and more by using the hashtag #DDAYAFD5K.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to get your business, church, or organization involved with the Armed Forces Day 5K? Consider becoming a sponsor of the race. Sponsorship benefits include FREE race registrations and inclusion in race marketing. For more information on sponsorship, contact Maggie Hartley at or (540) 586-3329 ext. 111.


Additional Information Regarding the Race

  • T-Shirt Deadline is May 1, 2020. Shirts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the deadline.
  • Participants who register by the t-shirt deadline should ideally receive their shirts in time to wear them on Armed Forces Day if shipping services continue to not be severely impacted by COVID-19.
  • There will not be a packet pick-up this year to ensure social distancing. All packets will be shipped to participants.
  • Due to the challenges of scoring a virtual race, there will not be medals or team awards awarded for 2020. We will bring back awards for our 2021 race.


Registration fees are non-refundable (for registrations after March 31, 2020) and non-transferable.

For questions, please contact Maggie Hartley, AFD5K Race Director, at (540) 586-3329 ext. 111 or

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