Q: What is the Remembrance Run?
A: The Remembrance Run is a 5K run/walk honoring Iowa’s fallen service members. It is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit charity Iowa Remembers and is open to the public.
Q: Who organizes the Remembrance Run?
A: Iowa Remembers puts on the event. We are a volunteer-run charity and the run is organized by committed volunteers. The Remembrance Run is staffed solely by volunteers as well.
Q: Who does the Remembrance Run honor or recognize?
A: The Remembrance Run was founded by honoring Iowa’s fallen service members who were casualties of war from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Since that time, we have added service members that have died during that time while serving our country on active duty. The names of those honored will be read prior to the 5K along with having individual signage along the finish line stretch.
Service members included have been identified via the Defense Analysis Casualty System along with family members requesting their loved one to be included. If you have a service member you would like honored who is not currently on our Roll Call, please contact us at IowaRemembers@gmail.com (documentation may be required for inclusion).
Q: Does the Remembrance Run include service members who committed suicide due to PTSD?
A: Yes. However, documentation may be required for inclusion. Please contact us via email at IowaRemembers@gmail.com for further information.
Q: Who receives the proceeds from the Remembrance Run?
A: Iowa Remembers — a 501 (c)(3) charity — funds the Annual Retreat for Iowa Families of Fallen Service Members hosted by Survivor Outreach Services. The retreat is a private event for Iowa families of fallen service members. The retreat provides the families with useful resources, support and facilitates a peer network for the families, and is held the same weekend as the Remembrance Run. Iowa Remembers also hosted a Combat Paper Workshop and Armed Forces Day Celebration in 2016.
Q: Why is there a cutoff for registration? Why can’t I register at the race?
A: We need to keep the event fun and safe for all of our participants. We have to order shirts, medals and food as well as have the appropriate number of volunteers and police officers at the event. We have the deadline in place so we can make the Remembrance Run a success for years to come!
Q: Should I register my kids?
A: Children under the age of 12 can participate for free. However, if your child would like to receive a medal and T-shirt, they will have to register. Strollers are welcome.
Q: Where and when do I pick up my packet?
Participants will receive an email after registration cut-off with details about t-shirt/bib pick up. E-Mail addresses are obtained from the information provided during the registration process.
Q: I am not an athlete. Can I still participate?
A: Yes! The Remembrance Run is also a walk and we welcome participants of all ages and physical abilities.
Q: What is the 5K course like?
A: The course is a 3.1 mile nature trail around Blue Heron Lake. It’s primarily flat, and consists of both crushed rock and asphalt.
Q: How can I get involved?
A: The best way to get involved is to register for the run! You can also apply to volunteer at the event, or help to sponsor the run.
Q: Does everyone receive a finisher medal?
A: Medals are ordered in advance so we make our best estimate on the number of participants involved in the Run.
Q: The 5K is outdoors. Can I bring my pet(s)?
A: We’re sorry, we do not allow pets at the Remembrance Run. Service animals are permitted.