Soldiers Battlefield Cross

Hero Markers

Fort Story to Arlington National Cemetery | 250 Miles

There will be a pre-staked Hero Marker every mile covering 250. We run for over 400 heroes so some markers may have multiple names. The marker will have a date and time that the runners will arrive. The timing is very specific and will be listed by mile at specific intervals.

A small core team of athletes running 8-9 minute miles will arrive at the designated time (or as close as possible). When runners arrive at the hero marker they will be carrying three flags as well as the hero's bio. American, Virginia State, Honor and Remember and Sacrifice Flags. They will hand those flags to any three people waiting at the marker (veterans, or supporters, not necessarily family). They will then read the name of the hero, branch of service and date of death. A Bio is then placed in the ground along side the marker, step back, come to attention and salute, or kneel, and say a few words in reverence.

Runners will take turns carrying and placing the bios. After salute the runners will pay respects to waiting immediate family members if present with a hug. Retrieve flags from those holding and then begin next mile. This will be accomplished in 90 seconds or less. There will be no hesitation, other families are waiting ahead. Each mile is specifically accounted for, 10 minutes apart.

Families can fellowship before and after runners arrive at that mile.

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Sample Hero Marker

At Each
Hero Marker

  1. Runners approach Hero Marker
  2. Hand 4 flags over to waiting people if available. (otherwise hold)
  3. Flags held at attention by people at marker
  4. Runners read hero information place in ground.
  5. Runners salute the hero and family. (pay respects)
  6. New bio is handed to a runner for the next mile.
  7. Runners retrieve 4 flags and turn in a military manner and move to next.