Run For The Fallen

If you are planning to be at your loved one's marker here are a few things to know or do:

  1. Find your loved one's location, date and time on the spreadsheet or by searching find a hero.
  2. Determine Hero Marker location by selecting the Map link by each date.
  3. On your day, select your marker in the map and navigate to its location through Google maps.
  4. Physical Hero Markers will be placed at the exact location shown on the map.
  5. We are following a specific route and schedule based upon the map route, and we will maintain that schedule as closely as possible; however, timing may vary throughout the day.

Q: What is South Carolina Run for the Fallen?
A: South Carolina Run for the Fallen is a statewide relay-style tribute run to honor every South Carolina military service member who has died while serving or as a result of serving during the Global War on Terror, since October 12, 2000, running 122 miles for over 375 heroes, beginning the fourth weekend in October.

Q: How does the Run work?
A: A core team of runners running a specific timed schedule, along with a support crew, will stop at approximate one-mile intervals at pre-placed markers and speak aloud the name of each fallen service member assigned to that Hero Marker.  Family members, friends and patriots will be waiting at their marker to meet the runners and hear each name called out in a short ceremony.  Each ceremonial stop will be about 1 minute, as runners then continue toward the next marker.  A short End of Day ceremony is held each day to allow fellowship with families and runners.

Q: What support are you looking for?
A: Volunteer and financial support is needed.  We need commitments from runners, support crew, law enforcement, sponsors, organizations, media and individual communities.

Q: What Heroes are being honored along this tribute trail?
A: Our focus for this event is the Global War on Terror.  We have identified over 375 South Carolina fallen service members who have died while serving or as a result of serving during this period.  Criteria includes all military service members regardless of cause of death.  We call out the names from the GWOT, but ultimately we run for them all.

Q: Is this tribute primarily for those who died in action?
A: No. The Honor and Remember organization and Flag recognizes all military service members who died while serving or as a result of serving regardless of circumstance.  Subsequently, our Run for the Fallen events honor all of those service members who served and died, whether in battle or other circumstances, including the overwhelming emotional scars of serving.

Q: How do I search to see if my Fallen Hero is being honored?
A: Every fallen service member since October 12, 2000 should be listed in our database.  Click on FIND A HERO on our home page to search for your friend or loved one.

Q: My Hero did not die during the period of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), will they still be honored?
A:
Although Run for the Fallen is focused on the time period from October 12, 2000 forward, we have in place many opportunities to honor your loved one.  Hero Markers will be placed approximately every mile, each designated for 2 or 3 of South Carolina's Heroes.  At the end of each day, there will be a planned ceremony where any family member or friend who attends will have the opportunity to honor their loved one.  Look over our route and determine where you possibly could attend and let us know.  We are dedicated to include every fallen service member possible depending on family availability.

Q: What if the Hero's information is missing or inaccurate?
A: If you find any errors in the listed information, please send an email to dataupdate@runforthefallen.org, or you may click on the FIND A HERO link and fill in the ADD A HERO section with updates.

Q: What if I can't find my Hero on the Run for the Fallen search?
A: When you do a search to FIND A HERO and they are not identified, there will be a link titled "ADD A HERO ".  Please fill out all required information, and once we verify they will be added to the Run.  While we have an extensive list of service members there may be many that we have missed.  We need to hear from you if you cannot find your loved one along the route.

Q: Can a family member, friend, or comrade run with the core team for their mile?
A: Yes, but due to our tight schedule, they must be capable of keeping pace with our team members, typically an 8-9 minute/mile pace.  Ideally, we would have you join us for the End of Run ceremony at the State House in Columbia, where all families will have the opportunity to walk a 1/2 mile loop with the runners in honor of their loved one.

Q: Can I stand and wait for the Run Team to arrive at my Hero's Marker?
A: YES! We encourage ALL family members and friends to be at their loved one's Hero Marker.  Please bring photos, posters, banners, Honor and Remember Flags or whatever personal tribute you would like to visually make.  We realize that there may be a great distance for some to travel - if you cannot attend, please send someone in your place or select another hero along the route closest to you to stand for.  Each ceremonial stop will be about 1 minute, as runners then run toward next marker. Also, please join us at each end of day ceremony so we can be sure to call your loved one's name and honor you as well.

Q: What will the Hero Marker Look Like?
A:
Markers will be printed in color on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, typically stapled to a telephone pole, tie strapped to a sign or light pole, or stapled to a stake in the ground.

Q: When Should I arrive at my Hero's Marker?
A: Each mile is specifically timed 10 minutes apart in most areas.  Depending on current conditions, the Run Team could be on time, a little ahead, or a little behind.  We suggest you arrive within 15-30 minutes ahead of schedule.

Q: I can't make it to our marker but would still like to participate.
A: Due to time and distance constraints, we know you may not be available to directly participate at your specific marker; however, we encourage you to send friends or relatives to yours, and you could stand for another family in a location that may be closer in proximity to you.

Q: Can my Hero's marker be moved to another location?
A: If time allows, we will work to accommodate your request to relocate your hero marker. Please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to Run start.

We realize that some families may not be able to attend their marker. In this regard we can offer a couple of options:

  1. If you can't be with us, then please follow us as we honor your hero on Facebook LIVE.  See our national Run for the Fallen Facebook page for details.
  2. Or, please send a relative, friend, or even another Gold Star Family to be there.  You could in turn be at another marker somewhere closer.  Also, there will be an end-of-day ceremony at the end of each day that you could attend.

Q: Are there other ways that I can get involved?
A: Volunteer and financial support is needed.  We need commitments from runners, support crew, law enforcement, sponsors, organizations, media and individual communities.