Race Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Race Location: Taylor, MI (Map It)

About The Race

The Running To Honor 5K is a timed, family friendly walk (or run) focused on keeping the memory of our Fallen Soldiers & Veterans alive and reminding others that Freedom is never free. The event will take place on Saturday, July 29th, 2023 inside Heritage Park located at 12111 Pardee Rd, Taylor, MI 48180. The start time of the 5K & 1 Mile-ish walk (or run) is 8:00 AM in front of the Sheridan Pavilion. The Kids .5K will start at 7:30 AM.

The theme this year is Veteran suicide prevention. On average, 20 to 22 military Veterans are losing their battle with PTSD every day and deciding to take their own life. We are hoping by focusing on this very important topic that we can educate others about the importance of keeping in touch with Veterans in your family and community and provide tips on how to make sure your Veterans are doing okay. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit Victory Gym Veterans Health Club which is dedicated to conquering PTSD through physical fitness, support, and camaraderie.

The Taylor Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4422 and Running To Honor organizations will also receive proceeds from this event.

Forget if you already registered? Check your registration here.

We recognize that families want to bring their kids to the Running To Honor 5K but the registration cost might be too much or their kids might not be able to walk (or run) 3.1 miles. As a result we have two events for kids 10 and under! We offer a special discounted price for the 5K walk (or run) and a .5K (that is Point 5K) which is roughly .31 miles. The hope is that this will encourage families to come out and support the cause.

If you can't walk (or run) just come out and enjoy the atmosphere and look at the names and picture of those Fallen Soldiers and Fallen Veterans that we have lost.

Participant Shirts & Finisher Medals

If you register before 6/22/2023, you will be guaranteed a black participant t-shirt. The brand of the shirt is Leslie Jordan and the specific material type is called "lattice". We receive tons of feedback every year that our participants love the feel of the material so we continue to stick with what people love! The American flag is displayed on the left sleeve with the stars (union) facing forward. This means we continue to advance forward as a country and face challenges head on. Displaying the flag with the stars to the rear would mean we are retreating and that is something we simply don't do as Americans. The right sleeve of the shirt has the number "22" displayed. In the military this is where a combat patch would go. We are at war with Veteran suicide and continue to lose 20-22 Veterans to suicide every day. The number 22 on the sleeve helps spread awareness of the issue and hopefully helps get the conversation going with others about the importance of talking about mental health. Note that you can purchase additional shirts during the registration process in other colors. There is also an option to just purchase a shirt without having to register for the 5k walk/run if you only want a shirt.

If you are looking for previous year R2H shirts or R2H beanies they can be purchased at our online store at the link below. The shirts in the online store are close out items and are not being restocked once they sell out.

Running To Honor Merchandise Store: https://running-to-honor.storenvy.com/

The finisher medal is still being designed but will likely look similar to the 22 Lives A Day logo from the t-shirt.

Facebook Event Link
Packet Pickup
*** Note that packet pickup is only at Heritage Park on Friday & Saturday this year ***
July 28th (Friday) 12pm-8pm at Sheridan Pavilion in Heritage Park (12111 Pardee Rd, Taylor, MI)
July 29th (Race Day) 6am-8am at the Sheridan Pavilion in Heritage Park (12111 Pardee Rd, Taylor, MI)

Event Parking
Heritage Park has 1,100 parking spots throughout the park. Overflow parking will be at Wayne County Community College parking lot to the East. Please carpool with others to help with the parking capacity.

Event Timeline
6:00a-8:00a Packet Pickup
7:00a Pre-Race Ceremony < This is where we say the names of our Fallen Soldiers!
7:30a Kids .5K
7:50a National Anthem
8a 5K Walk (or Run) & 1 Mile-ish Walk
9:30a Results Finalized & Awards Available To Be Picked Up

Overall & Masters male & female 5K winners will receive a challenge coin and a special gift.

Age Group award challenge coins for the Top 3 finishers in each age bracket for the 5K:
5-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-89, 90+

 Course Record Times
Male Female
Year Name Age Time Year Name Age Time
2022 Robert Diebold 21 15:02 2021 Caitlin Rose 20 18:09
2021 Robert Diebold 20 15:27 2022 Suzanne Larsen 44 18:29
2019 Robert Diebold 18 15:52 2019 Monica Lams McLeod 42 20:36
2020 Randy Enochs 38 19:06 2020 Dana Davidson 28 20:42