Land of The Free Because of the Brave

Sgt. Kirk

Run for the Fallen began in 2008 when a group of dedicated runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, CA to Arlington National Cemetery. Their goal: to run one mile for every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Run for the Fallen Idaho includes fallen heroes from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, and we gratefully recognize the service and sacrifice of all active duty deaths. Run for the Fallen’s goal is to have all 50 states participating in an annual run or walk of remembrance of the fallen men and women with ties to that state. Each year since the run across America, runners from around the world have joined Run for the Fallen in remembering our fallen. Over 180,000+ miles have been collectively run in remembrance of those fallen since 9/11.

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2012 brought a number of exciting changes for Run for the Fallen Idaho. Most exciting was holding two events, one in Southern Idaho and a second in Northern Idaho. Our first event was held in Pocatello, Idaho in conjunction with the Field of Heroes on Memorial Day weekend. Despite challenging and adverse weather conditions, 115 participants logged an impressive 415 miles! This number included several relay teams that ran in all four segments and teams who raised nearly $400 through personal fundraising pages. Even more noteworthy was Gold Star dad Matt Bridges, who ran one lap for every soldier honored and remembered at our event, a total of over 17 miles.

Our second event was held on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at Post Falls High School. We hoped to meet (or beat!) the number of participants and miles logged in Southern Idaho. It was close: we had 75 participants that logged a total of 390 miles. We had some competitive teams that did some impressive fundraising: $974 dollars raised, which was more than enough to guarantee two events for 2013.

Pocatello and Field of Heroes will host RFTF Southern Idaho’s 2013 event. Saturday morning, May 25th, 2013 on Century High School’s track on the opposite side of the building from the Field of Heroes Memorial. For more information please visit

Post Falls will host RFTF Northern Idaho’s 2013 event on Saturday, August 3rd at the Post Falls High School track. Our event will begin at 9:00 and last until we have completed at least 88 laps: one for every service member we are remembering. We expect to finish just after 11:00 am, and all participants are invited to stay and enjoy lunch on site. Lunch will be provided at no charge for anyone who preregisters.

There is no cost to sign up or to participate. T shirts will be available at no charge for all Gold Star Family members and for a suggested donation of $5 for all other participants.


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