|PHOTO: Iowa Remembers, Inc.|
More than 800 registered runners participated in the 2012 event. Subsequent years have overtopped 1,000 participants.
The run is a fund-raiser for Iowa Remembers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization helps underwrite an annual retreat for families of Iowans who have died as the result of service in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. The retreat is held in the Des Moines area on the same weekend as the run.
Iowa Remembers maintains a list of honored dead. Prior to each year's race, that list is read aloud, along with either a performance of the U.S. National Anthem and/or recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. At this year's event, Iowans killed during the Vietnam War will also be remembered.
Luttrell is a former Navy SEAL, and co-author of the 2007 best-selling book "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10." Proceeds from the Luttrell event will also go to the annual retreat for military families.
Registration for the Fifth Annual 5K walk/run event is $25 through Sept. 19. Late registration is $30 between Sept. 19-24 (with no T-shirt guaranteed). Both team and individual registrations are available. Children 12 and under can participate for free, but registration is required to receive T-shirt and medal.
Team registration is available for groups that want to honor a particular soldier or individual. Registration costs are the same.
Online registration is here.
For a route map, click here.
Iowa Remembers maintains a Facebook page here. An event page for this year's Remembrance Run is here. An event page for "An Evening With Marcus Luttrell" is here.