Sat June 3, 2023 Louisville, KY 40208 US Directions
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5K Run/Walk/Ruck

$25 8:30AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
450 spots left. Registration ends June 3, 2023 at 8:30am EDT

Kids FREE 100 Meter Run

$0 8:30AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Registration ends June 3, 2023 at 8:30am EDT
Open to ages 12 and under.

VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk/Ruck

$25 Registration ends June 3, 2023 at 8:30am EDT


University of Louisville Track Stadium
2125 South Floyd Street
Louisville, KY US 40208



Join us on June 3rd, 2023 for the second annual Louisville H.E.R.O. (Honor Earned. Remembrance Owed) Run/Walk/Ruck 5K to honor military personnel who  died while serving and those who died because they have borne the battle. This unique event will feature a commemorative medal for all finishers. This family-friendly event welcomes participants of all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.  

Proceeds will benefit the University of Louisville's Salute to Scholarship fund as well as Veterans Club Inc. This event will take place at the University of Louisville Cardinal Park Track Stadium at 2125 South Floyd Street in Louisville. The 5K route will leave the track and field stadium,  take participants through the beautiful University of Louisville campus, and finish on the track.


$25 for the 5K Walk/Run/Ruck, and registration for Military/Veterans is $20. Kids 12 and under can also choose to run our FREE 100-meter run.

Veterans and Active Duty Military use the code "veteran" at checkout to receive the special $20 rate


Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be Friday, June 2, 2023, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Mission BBQ 4607 Shelbyville Road St Matthews KY 40207. Their website is: Race day packet pickup and registration will happen from 7:00am to 8:00am at Cardinal Park.


All finishers will receive a commemorative medal.

About Supported Charities

Veterans Club Inc.

Veterans Club Inc is a local non-profit organization that focuses on providing connection, healing, recovery, and housing for the Kentuckiana Veteran Community. Veterans Club Inc offers equine-facilitated mentoring, vocational training, and recreational therapy. Proceeds from the HERO Run/Walk/Ruck will aid Veterans in need of financial assistance to pay bills, rent, utilities, etc. A few examples of how 2022 H.E.R.O. Run donations helped Louisville-area Veterans:

  • New HVAC unit purchased for disabled Veteran who is also primary caregiver for spouse with severe asthma. Spouse’s health was declining due to high summer temperatures and faulty HVAC. New unit eliminated spouse’s health concerns.
  • Textbooks for a Paramedic Program purchased for a Veteran first responder. Veteran and spouse had been unable to work and faced unexpected medical bills due to COVID diagnoses. Purchase of textbooks allowed the Veteran to begin the Paramedic Program on time.
  • U-Haul van rental and tow dolly for Veteran moving to Florida to be with family and seek treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • First month’s rent and security deposit paid for a Veteran and family who had been living in a storage unit
  • Two months’ rent paid for disabled Veteran undergoing cancer treatment


University of Louisville Veteran and Dependent Scholarship Fund

With more than 1,000 self-identified Veteran students and dependents of Veterans using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, UofL has a large Veteran student community. While UofL has been named “Military Friendly” for 11 consecutive years, one small way the university is helping Veteran and dependent students even more is by having a scholarship fund these students can access. 

The Salute to Service Veteran and Dependent Scholarship Fund is used to assist Veterans and their dependent students to help them achieve their academic goals and their career aspirations. The fund is administered through the Military-Connected Student Resource Center. UofL began offering this scholarship in the fall 2022 semester.


Custom Knife Drawing

The 2022 event featured a hand-forged masterpiece that was the brilliant work of Father to Son Forge blacksmith Perry Johnson.  The Damascus blade contains ammunition brass from active combat as well as some steel from the World Trade Center.  The micarta handle contains service member uniforms from WWII to the Global War on Terror. The eagle head is cast from reclaimed ammunition brass as well.  The eagle head mold was hand-carved by the son of a Silver Star recipient from Operation Gothic Serpent.  Father to Son Forge is making another custom piece for our 2023 event. 

Tickets are only $10 each for your chance to win this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Get you tickets in the race store listed in the menu bar above.

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