Please join us for the Run for the Fallen Half Marathon Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 3k Run/Walk to honor and support Gold Star Families and our Fallen Heroes. All races will be held primarily within three beautiful Winnebago County Forest Preserves; Kishwaukee: Blackhawk Springs and Espenschied. Much of the half marathon is on trails ranging from grassy double-track to twisting and technical single-track. The remainder is on paved roads and paths. The 5k Run/Walk utilizes a mix of paved and gravel. The 3K Run/Walk utilizes paved roads. Both races traverse a stretch of private property that is only open to registered racers on the day of the race.
Scenic, well-marked and with plenty of aid stations, these two events are ideal for first timers, but can also be a challenging race for experienced trail runners. Both courses will be supported and remain open for four hours, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
This is the first year for this race in Rockford. This is also the first running event to highlight and honor Gold Star families in Illinois. The Gold Star Mission is a nonprofit organization that seeks to Honor and Support Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of our Fallen Heroes through service to others in need.