Run for Veterans

4 on the 4th

 

July 4, 2019, Fayetteville, AR
Run for Veterans is an annual 4-mile race and 1-mile fun walk supporting homeless Veterans in Northwest Arkansas. All proceeds from the race go to 7hills Homeless Center to support Veterans across our 3 programs.

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The 10th Annual Run for Vets

Join us on July 4, 2019 as we celebrate our 10th 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.

4 Mile Race

timed

1 Mile Walk

un-timed

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]

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 7:30 AM

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park (4451 N Vantage Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703).

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 +

Registration

Pre-registration opens on May 6th and ends on July 2nd. Packet pickup is from 3:30-6:30 PM on July 3rd at Apple Blossom Brewery in Fayetteville. Registration begins at 6:15 AM on July 4th, and will close at 7:15 AM.

We welcome both individuals and teams to participate in the race. Teams receive a $5 per registration discount, and you can register a team of 5 or team of 10. All proceeds benefit Veteran clients of 7hills.

Course

The race follows an out and back course starting at the trail head in the park and proceeding counterclockwise on the Lake Fayetteville trail. Runners will turn around just past the Botanical Gardens. The race is chip-timed, the walk is un-timed.

We’ll have lots of fun raffle prizes, with raffle tickets available for purchase prior to the race. We hope to see you there!

Fundraise for 7hills

Once you register as an individual or a team, you can create a Facebook fundraiser and ask your peers to support your Run for the Veterans. Make sure you use “Run for Vets” in your fundraiser title. Prizes will be given to the top fundraisers the day of the race.

Every dollar raised – from registration to fundraising – goes to 7hills Homeless Center, and is reserved to support Veterans in our Day Center and housing programs.

Sponsors

Thank You To Our Partners

(Sponsor logos coming soon. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email us at [email protected]

History

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.