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Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk

Sat May 19, 2018
Location: Bedford, VA US 24523 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Virtual Race
Event Time Price Details
Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk
8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
Youth Fun Run
7:15AM EDT - 7:40AM EDT
Fortitude Runner N/A
3 Overlord Circle
Bedford, VA US 24523

Support our Armed Forces at the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic themed 5K Run/Walk and Youth Fun Run! Not only does the race begin and end at the picturesque Memorial, but a total change in elevation of 220 feet provides a unique challenge for runners of all levels to “Conquer the Hill.” Participants will also have the opportunity to honor and interact with members of the Armed Forces past and present.

Don’t want to run or walk? Sign up to be a “Fortitude Runner” to show your support for our Armed Forces and the National D-Day Memorial and receive a t-shirt.

Exciting updates for 2018’s race include:

  • Updated Course: New start/finish line at the Memorial’s new Quonset Hut style indoor/outdoor pavilion
  • Referral Incentives: $2 of your registration fee back for every runner who registers through your registration link
  • Individual Fundraising Incentives: Free race registration and entry into a raffle for a Yeti Cooler courtesy of Honda Suzuki of Lynchburg
  • Women’s Race T-Shirt Options

Online registration opens on January 12, 2018. Early bird pricing ends on March 31 and the t-shirt guarantee deadline is May 1. For registrants after this date, shirts will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration fees are non-refundable. For questions, please contact the National D-Day Memorial office at (540) 586-3329 or education@dday.org.

Race Information

Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers overall for the 5K Run and teams for team spirit and top fundraisers. All Youth Fun Run participants and the top three finishers in each age category will receive a medal. Refreshments will be provided to participants following the race. There will also be door prizes.  All who participate are invited to stay for a guided tour of the Memorial following the event.

Tiger Trail and Overlord Circle will close to traffic at 7:40 a.m. through the duration of the race on Saturday, May 19. Participants and event spectators must be on-site by this time in order to participate in the race. Admission fees will be waived during the 5K event (6:30 – 10:00 a.m.) No pets and no firearms allowed. 

Packet pick-up is Friday, May 18 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Bedford Area Welcome Center (816 Burks Hill Rd, Bedford, VA) and Saturday, May 19 at the Memorial's new Quonset Hut Pavilion from 6:30am to 7:50am. 

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 Mitchell at mmitchell@dday.org or (540) 586-3329 ext. 111.

Military Unit Participation

We welcome the participation of military units running in formation. For more information, please contact mleamy@dday.org.

Race Day Schedule of Events

6:30 a.m.       On-Site Pick Up and Registration

7:15 a.m.       Youth Fun Run Begins

7:40 a.m.       Tiger Trail and Overlord Circle Closed to All Vehicular Traffic

                        Opening Announcements, Armed Forces Tribute, and National Anthem

8:00 a.m.       Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk Begins

The awards ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the race.

Refreshments will be available as participants finish the race.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.dday.org/armed-forces-day-5k.

Race Contact Info
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Course Map

Stay tuned for an updated course for 2018!

The Youth Fun Run will be approximately 1 mile on level ground.


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