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 National Veterans Day Run is about honoring the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States. In an attempt to remove any financial barriers for veterans to participate in the race, we offer all veterans and active-duty military and their families a reduced-rate entry into the race. Your participation allows us to offer this very special rate to this very special group of people.

Veterans and active-duty military along with their immediate family members pay a special reduced-rate entry fee — our way to thank them for their sacrifices, and honor them during the National Veterans Day Run.

We hope you'll join us for the 2013 National Veterans Day Run. You will have the opportunity to run with these honorable men and women during the race and express your appreciation for their sevice as you run along the course with them. We encourage participants to take a moment and say, "Thank you for what you've done!" Small gestures mean a lot to those who have sacrificed so much.

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U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day (Veterans Day) for November 11, 1919 by saying, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

On 11-11-11, you can honor our veterans by running in the first annual National Veterans Day Race.