16th Annual NJ Run for the Fallen ~ September 25th to 29th, 2024.
Click below to view each individual Day including Hero Marker Day list, the full Route Directions, a Route Map and Info.
When is the 2024 Run?
The 16th Annual Run will start in Cape May on Wed, September 25, 2024 when Gold Star Families and the Run Team will come together for our "Remember" Ceremony and Dinner.
Our Team will commence the Run on the following morning, Thursday 26th, at Sunset Beach, and will then run for four days and finish with the closing ceremony at our NJ Run for the Fallen Gold Star Family Memorial on the grounds of the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial at Holmdel, NJ, on Sunday, September 29th, 2024.
2024 Run ~ Our Mission....
In an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of military members from Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst and other locations across the US will come together to embark on a 225+ mile journey to honor every New Jersey service member who died in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Each mile is dedicated to an individual NJ Hero and their family, and the run team will stop at each Hero Marker (each mile) to make a presentation to waiting family members, friends, and comrades with the goal of creating a 225+ mile Memorial Trail through New Jersey.
What is a Hero Marker?
Each mile of the Run is dedicated to one of our NJ Fallen and the endpoint of that mile is marked by a distinctive Hero Marker which is placed in a prominent position and also painted on the road thus acting as the "gathering point" for that Hero's Family, Friends and comrades. Our Run Team will stop and make a presentation at every Hero Marker throughout the 4 days of the Run. Full details, listings and maps will be published here in the spring of 2023...
Where is the NJ Gold Star Family Monument?
In early 2011 the NJ Run For The Fallen presented a plan to the Trustees of the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation to establish a Gold Star Family Monument. Following a series of meetings in 2013 the Trustees of the NJ Run For The Fallen formed a committee to design, fund and build a monument to honor and remember the sacrifices of those families who have lost a loved one in defense of our Nation. The monument to be located on the grounds of the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. The Monument was Dedicated on September, 2015.