Please join us for the Run for the Fallen Half Marathon Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 3k Run/Walk by honoring and supporting Gold Star Families and our Fallen Heroes. The Run for the Fallen is presented by Gold Star Mission and sponsored by Cherry Valley Fire Department, Winnebago County Forest Preserve, Runner’s Image, Carlyle Brewery, Culligan Water, and other organizations to be listed on the sponsor page in the future. The 5k and 3k will have special “Kid Friendly” pricing for ages 17 and under ( All runners must register on RunSignUp). Come out and run, ruck, or walk with us and remember our Fallen Military Heroes. This event is also a Rockford Road Runner Circuit Race and a goal race for the Rockford Wildcats.
“Loss, once it becomes a certainty, is like a rock you hold in your hand. It has weight, dimension, and texture. It’s solid and can be assessed and dealt with. What we do with this loss matters” 1. We can choose to hide it in our pocket and carry it around with no one knowing who or what the person was. Or, we can cast it out allowing it to skip along the water causing a rippling effect, keeping the memory of the person lost alive.
A “Gold Star Family” is defined as a military family who has suffered the loss of a loved one due to the service member being killed in action (KIA) while engaged in combat with an opposing force. Gold Star Mission is an Illinois based nonprofit organization in good standing with the state. The Gold Star Mission is an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting Gold Star Families within the community. Our core mission is to ensure the memory and the legacy of these Fallen Heroes lives on through various endurance events, generous works in the community, and educational scholarships given in the name of a fallen military hero.
This is the second year the “Gold Star Mission Run for the Fallen” will take place in Rockford, IL. Last year we achieved great strides in bringing awareness and honoring our local Gold Star Families with an event that had over 425 participants. The Run for the Fallen was able to raise $12,000 in which twelve $1,000 scholarships are to be awarded in 2020. This event consists of a half marathon run, 5k run/walk, and 3k (youth) run/walk. This event provides a platform to remember and preserve the memory of our Fallen Heroes – some of who are from our local communities. The race will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 and starts at 4919 Blackhawk Rd, Rockford, IL. It is an opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of Winnebago County’s forest preserves while supporting the efforts of the Gold Star Mission. The money raised by fundraising efforts and through the race entry fee will be used for scholarships, distributed annually, in the names of the Fallen Soldiers. This race will continue to be an annual, ongoing event for the community of Rockford, IL.
FOLLOWING THE RACE
Enjoy beer donated by Carlyle Brewery Co. Back for a 2nd year sponsoring the Run for the Fallen.