Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk

5K, Other

Event Date

Sat, May 16, 2020


Bedford, VA


Activity Today Later


$25 $30 Closed

(Virtual Race) Fortitude Runner - Sleep IN Option

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity

Support our Armed Forces at the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic themed 5K Run/Walk. 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.

Can't make it race day? No problem. Consider our "Sleep In" option. Sign up to be a “Fortitude Runner” to show your support for our Armed Forces and the National D-Day Memorial. Supporters at this level will be mailed a commemorative 2019 race t-shirt.

Invite Your Friends and Raise Money for the Cause!

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 prize that will be announced at a later date

Early bird $25 (before 4/1), $30 (4/1 - 5/14), $35 Packet Pickup and Race Day (5/15 - 5/16)
T-shirt guarantee deadline is May 1. For registrants after this date, shirts will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at packet pickup.

Packet Pickup
Packet pick-up is Friday, May 15 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Bedford Area Welcome Center (816 Burks Hill Rd, Bedford, VA) and Saturday, May 16 at the Memorial's Quonset Hut Pavilion from 7:00am to 7:50am. 

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. For questions, please contact the National D-Day Memorial office at (540) 586-3329 or

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 finishers overall for the 5K Run (Male & Female), Master Champion (Male /Female, 40+), Age Group Awards (Male & Female) 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up, and team for the "Armed Forces Challenge" and "top fundraisers". All runners 12 years old and younger will receive a medal-- this does not include the virtual race participants.

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 16. Participants and event spectators must be on-site by this time in order to participate in the race. Admission fees to the memorial will be waived during the 5K event (6:30 – 10:00 a.m.) No pets and no firearms allowed. 

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.

Military Unit Participation
We welcome the participation of military units running in formation. For more information, please contact Maggie Hartley at


Military Branch Team Competition
Active military and veterans who select their branch of service during registration will automatically be competing against each other for branch bragging rights!  The cumulative time of the top 10 team members from each branch will be recognized during our awards ceremony.

Open Team Competition
Participants will have the option during registration to "create" or "join" a team. Team registration will close on Friday May 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM. No additions or subtractions will be accepted after this team deadline. Total number of team members is unlimited. Top 4 on each team score. Ranking will be based on cumulative time of scoring team members. Top team receives award.  An individual may only compete on one team.

Race Day Schedule of Events
7:00 a.m.       On-Site Pick Up and Registration
7:40 a.m.       Tiger Trail and Overlord Circle Closed to All Vehicular Traffic
7:45 a.m.       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.

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