Armed Forces Day 5K

Support our Armed Forces at the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic themed 5K Run/Walk and Youth Fun Run on Saturday, May 20, 2017! Not only does the race begin and end at the picturesque Memorial, but a total change in elevation of 220 feet provides a unique challenge for runners of all levels to “Conquer the Hill.” Participants will also have the opportunity to honor and interact with members of the Armed Forces past and present. All proceeds will benefit educational and veteran recognition programs of the National D-Day Memorial, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Individuals are encouraged to sign-up and raise additional pledges to support the cause.

Don’t want to run or walk or can’t make it to Bedford and still want to run alongside us in a virtual race? Sign up to be a “Fortitude Runner” to show your support for our Armed Forces and the National D-Day Memorial and receive a t-shirt!

Online registration opens on February 1, 2017. Early bird pricing ends on March 31 and the t-shirt guarantee deadline is May 1. For registrants after this date, shirts will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration fees are non-refundable. For questions, please contact the National D-Day Memorial office at (540) 586-3329 or

Click here to download 2017’s Armed Forces 5K and Youth Fun Run flyer to show your support of the race!

Click the button below to sign up for the Armed Forces Day 5K Walk/Run, Youth Fun Run, and to be a Fortitude Runner:


Race Information

Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers overall for the 5K Run and teams for team spirit and top fundraiser. All Youth Fun Run participants and the top three finishers in each age category will receive a medal. Refreshments will be provided to participants following the race. There will also be door prizes.  All who participate are invited to stay for a guided tour of the Memorial following the event.

On-site registration and packet pick-up will be May 19th from 12 – 6 p.m. and May 20th from 6:30-7:40 a.m. at the National D-Day Memorial.

Tiger Trail and Overlord Circle will close to traffic at 7:40 a.m. through the duration of the race on Saturday, May 20. Participants and event spectators must be on-site by this time in order to participate in the race. Admission fees will be waived during the 5K event (6:30 – 10:00 a.m.) No pets and no firearms allowed.

Coming from out of town? La Quinta of Lynchburg is offering a discounted room rate of $109 per night per room for May 19-20th. Just mention Armed Forces Day 5K when you call to book at (434) 847-8655 by April 28th to guarantee this special rate.

Military Unit Participation

We welcome the participation of military units running in formation. For more information, please contact

Race Day Schedule of Events

6:30 a.m.       On-Site Pick Up and Registration

7:15 a.m.       Youth Fun Run Begins

7:40 a.m.       Tiger Trail and Overlord Circle Closed to All Vehicular Traffic

Opening Announcements, Armed Forces Tribute, and National Anthem

8:00 a.m.       Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk Begins

The awards ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the race.

Refreshments will be available as participants finish the race.