The National Veterans Day Run began as an attempt by its founders to find a race to run on 11-11-11. After attending the Chicago Marathon on 10-10-10 as race volunteers, the race founders thought it would be great to offer those numerology fanatics another race in 2011 for such a unique day in history. However, we could not find a national race of any size taking place on 11-11-11.
To remedy the situation, we assembled a team of race management experts from around the country to create an 11-11-11 race. Not in one city, but in eleven! What's more, the 11k distance was schedule to start at 11 minutes after the hour in most cities. What fun!
When the team discovered that 11-11-11 is Veterans Day, it realized it was a great opportunity to honor the men and women who have served our country and also celebrate a memorable date in history. Thus, the National Veterans Day Run was born — the first race ever to take place simultaneously in several different U.S. cities and around the globe on the same day under one united cause. It is our honor to raise money for Veterans causes, directly show our appreciation to our military men and women by offering reduced-rate race entries to veterans and active duty military and their families and to provide a world-class event to showcase our thanks to those that have served.
The race has come a long way in 3 years. We have partnered with Folds of Honor as our national charity partner in 2013 and look forward to races in over three dozen cities in 2013! Thank you for making the National Veterans Day run a part of your Veterans Day festivities!