Run for the Fallen post­poned due to weather

Regis­tra­tion open for run hon­or­ing fallen mil­i­tary he­roes

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FORT LEE — With Satur­day morn­ing’s weather fore­cast call­ing for rain, Fort Lee of­fi­cials post­poned the Run for the Fallen to Satur­day, May 20.

Run for the Fallen is part of a na­tional, non­profit ini­tia­tive that started 10 years ago when a group of civil­ians de­cided to run from Fort Ir­win, Calif., to Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Last year at the Fort Lee event alone, 6,400 par­tic­i­pants paid trib­ute to fallen mil­i­tary mem­bers by run­ning and walk­ing more than 18,000 miles. Each year, the to­tal mile fig­ure is re­ported to the na­tional Run for the Fallen or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“This run re­minds us all there is a cost to free­dom,” said An­gela Bel­lamy, Fort Lee Sur­vivor Out­reach Ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor. “It shows our Gold Star Fam­i­lies their loved ones’ names and sac­ri­fices are never for­got­ten – that we will al­ways re­mem­ber.”

The event will in­clude a sur­vivors’ lap led by the Vir­ginia Pa­triot Guard and re­marks by fea­tured speaker, E. Bruce Heilman, Chan­cel­lor at the Univer­sity of Rich­mond. A Marine "once and al­ways," Heilman is a na­tional spokesman for The Great­est Gen­er­a­tion Foun­da­tion and The Spirit of ‘45.

Par­tic­i­pants may elect to walk or run a 1-mile or 5-mile course.

The time and lo­ca­tion of the event re­main the same – with the run be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. and check-in open­ing at 8:30 a.m. at Wil­liams Sta­dium.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is free and open to the pub­lic. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is ex­tended to 5 p.m., May 17.

Par­tic­i­pants may reg­is­ter the morn­ing of the event. Packet pick-up will con­tinue through May 19 at the Army Com­mu­nity Ser­vices of­fice be­tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or at the event.

The sub­mis­sion pe­riod for pho­tographs of fallen mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers for dis­play along the run route is also ex­tended. Sub­mit pho­tos to an­gela.m.bel­lamy2.civ@mail.mil or chris­tine.i.mur­phy.civ@mail.mil no later than 5 p.m., May 15.

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