Run for Veterans

4 on the 4th


July 4, 2020, VIRTUAL – Run from anywhere!
With the information we have right now, we think it’s best to make this year’s race a virtual one. We’ll miss seeing all of you and celebrating and supporting our Veterans together, but we can all still show up together virtually to race and raise money for the homeless and near-homeless Veterans served by 7hills!








The 11th Annual Run for Vets

Join us on July 4, 2020 as we celebrate our 11th Annual Run for Veterans race and walk. This event is a great way to kick off your holiday while giving back to Veterans in need in our community. It may be virtual this year but it’s still a great opportunity to get active, celebrate the Fourth of July, and support a great cause.

Sorry, no refunds, it’s for the Vets!


4 Mile Race


1 Mile Walk


About this event

Something For Everyone!

Run for Vets is a quick, fun, family-friendly event. The 4 mile race is a chip-timed race. The 1-mile fun walk is un-timed, and open to those who wish to participate, but do not want to run. For questions or additional information, please email us at [email protected]. We’ll update you when we have more details of how timing for the virtual race will work!

When: Saturday, July 4, 2020 through Sunday, July 12, 2020

Location: VIRTUAL! Run or walk from anywhere!

Age Categories: Overall medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place race winners. We also give awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place race winners within the following age categories:

  • Jr. High
  • High School
  • 19 – 30
  • 31 – 40
  • 41 – 50
  • 51 – 60
  • 61 – 70
  • 71 +

Stay tuned for how we’re going to time the virtual race and award overall and age category medals.


Registration information coming soon! This year’s race is virtual, and we’ll still have both timed and un-timed options. All proceeds benefit Veteran clients of 7hills. Sorry, no refunds, it’s for our Vets!


This year’s race will be on a course of your chosing! Whether you run on your local trail system, on your neighborhood sidewalk, or take a scenic route, you can participate in 2020 Run for Vets!

Fundraise for 7hills

Create a fundraiser and ask your peers to support your Run for the Vets! Make sure you use “Run for Vets” in your fundraiser title. Every dollar raised supports Veterans in the 7hills Day Center and HOPE housing programs.


Thank You To Our 2019 Partners.

We can’t wait to partner again in 2021!


The Run for Veterans Story

In 2009, Veterans Jon Benedict, Janet Stockton-Taylor, and Jerry Bailey had been supporting charitable events in our community for some time, but felt they had yet to achieve a dream of theirs: to combine their love of running with their desire to support Veterans in need.

On June 3, 2009,after many years of volunteering for other races and lots of planning, they committed themselves to the cause. The dream of having a race on the 4th of July to support Veterans was going to be a reality. Thirty-one days later, Run for Veterans was born. This first year, all proceeds went to support transportation costs for veterans attending the National Veterans Wheelchair Games – the largest wheelchair event of its kind in the world.

But in 2010, the mission changed when Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has made ending homelessness for Veterans his number one priority. Emboldened by Shinseki’s determination, Benedict, Stockton-Taylor, and Bailey were inspired to take their charity run in a whole new direction – a partnership with 7hills Homeless Center’s Veteran programming. To this day, this event supports Veterans within 7hills’s 3 programs. In 2016, the original race directors handed off the baton to a team of 4 previous and current employees of 7hills Homeless Center, and in 2018 the race became an official 7hills event. 2019 will be the 10th annual Run for Veterans race, and we’re excited to see you again this year. Our thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, and runners who make this race possible.