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FALLEN HEROES 5K: A Run to Remember

Welcome to the official website of the Yakima Run to Remember! Our Fallen Heroes 5K strives to honour the military heroes who gave everything so we could enjoy the freedoms and benefits of living in our great country.


On Saturday, July 14, 2018 we'll be having our fifth annual fun run/walk to honour our fallen warriors and raise money for The USO! All proceeds will be going directly to The USO Northwest so they can continue to support our men and women in uniform. Our FUN run/walk is a great time to bring the family, your patriotic spirit, and enjoy some exercise in the sunshine!


On the 23rd of April in 2013 our lives were forever changed. CPT Aaron Blanchard was killed in action in Logar Province Afghanistan. Since that tragic day we have seen some highs and the lowest of lows, but out of the ashes of sorrow arose a new purpose in life.

We have been given the greatest gift anyone can receive in life, freedom! The men and women who pay the ultimate price for that freedom ask for nothing in return. It is our duty as responsible citizens to honor their courage and their sacrifice. One of the ways we can do that is to help the organizations who help our warriors and their families.

One such organization is The USO. In our darkest hours they were there for our family. Whether it was a hot meal in an airport hub or help with plane tickets, boarding passes, or security, they were there for us! Even months after Aaron's death they continued to support our family when the occasions arose. They inspired us to give back however we could, and the Yakima Run to Remember: Fallen Heroes 5k was born!


On June 21, 2014, more than 150 runners and walkers participated in our fun run! We had a great time running and walking to honour our heroes, and distributing raffle prizes. The National Guard attended to support our participants and the worthy cause... Most importantly, we were able to send $5,500 to the USO!

On June 13, 2015 we had our second annual fun run. Approximately 100 runners and walkers participated, along with a large number of volunteers. We had a fantastic time and sent a check for $5,300 to the USO Northwest! A huge thank you to our participants, volunteers, and generous sponsors!

On July 8, 2016 we had our third annual fun run! More than participants helped raise $9900 to send to the USO Northwest! We are so grateful to our partipants, sponsors, and volunteers!

On July 8, 2017 we had our fourth annual fun run! We were able to send $7200 to the USO Northwest and had a great time! As always, huge thanks to our participants, volunteers, and generous sponsors!

"For the Fallen"
Laurence Binyon, 1914

They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning

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