Run Information

The 2019 Illinois Run for the Fallen...

The 2019 Run will take place April 13th.   The format will be as follows...

  • Begin at 7:00 AM from Western Illinois University in Macomb.
  • End in Warsaw at 5:00 PM.
  • Community dinner in Warsaw at 6:00 PM.
  • For more on the planned timeline please click here...

One Team - One Mission - One Tribute...

Each mile of the Run is dedicated to a group of Illinois Heroes.  The Run team will stop at every Hero Marker (every mile) and call out the names of that mile's Heroes and greet any waiting family members, friends and comrades.  The intent is to create a 50 mile long memorial trail through western Illinois.

Caution: Each Hero Marker is placed approximately one mile apart. Some placements may not be along road conditions that are conducive to safely standing on the side of the highway. Please use wise judgement when waiting for the runners to arrive, safety for all is our number one concern. You may want to consider standing at another marker in a safer location. 

Hero Markers...

The end of each mile during the run is designated as a Hero Marker and each is assigned to group of our Illinois Heroes.   If time and conditions permit, several days prior to the actual run each of these Hero Marker locations will be marked by painting that particular number at the designated spot on the road shoulder and we will also place a laminated Marker card containing the HM number, names, and date and time of the expected arrival of the Run.

Please click on the route map for the location of each Hero Marker to find expected arrival time of the Main Group and other pertinent details.

Question...can a family member, friend or comrade run with the Core Team for their mile?

Answer - yes - but most importantly - the runner should must be capable of keeping pace with our team members. In practice that means that the runner should be capable of running that mile in 10 minutes!!! Special consideration for special runners may be made upon request.

Please note that whoever is running that mile must make their own way to the preceding HM in time to join in with our team.   So - if your HM is for example 21 then you should be at 20 to join our Team to run your mile.   The planned arrival dates/times at each Hero Marker will be available here well in advance of the Run, as will maps for each location.  Shuttle service may be available on a limited basis, but please do plan ahead.

Also - there are many other opportunities to participate by being a part of the beginning ceremony at WIU in Macomb, at the final mile in Warsaw, or by meeting for the evening dinner in Warsaw.