FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command will feature its "Run to Honor" campaign at the Army Ten-Miler Expo in the D.C. Armory Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7. Representatives from IMCOM G9 Family and MWR Programs' Survivor Outreach Services will be on hand to enable and encourage competitors to honor Fallen Soldiers and their surviving Families by running in their name during the race.
"This opportunity is for all of us to show the world that these fallen service members are not forgotten," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Hatfield, IMCOM G9. "Our family member, our friend, our battle buddy -- they all deserve respect and recognition."
Race participants can stop by the IMCOM display booth #543 at the Expo and fill out a "Run to Honor" bib for someone they know, or find out the name and learn the story of fallen hero who served and gave their life for their country. Participants will pose for a photo with their bib which can later be shared on social media. Runners are also encouraged to wear their "Run to Honor" bib during the race.
The Army Ten-Miler is scheduled for Oct. 8 and is produced by the Military District of Washington (MDW) in conjunction with FMWR, as part of the Army's mission for readiness and resilience.
In addition to the "Run to Honor" campaign, the IMCOM display at the ATM expo will feature members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, who will be available to meet runners and discuss fitness, training and resilience.
This is the 33rd year for the annual race, which starts at the Pentagon, and up to 35,000 runners have reportedly registered for the run. Free parking for the ATM expo is available in parking lot 3, near the armory.
Runners do not need to be affiliated with the U.S. Army or any branch of the military to participate. Everyone is invited to participate in the campaign.
This is the fourth consecutive year that IMCOM and SOS are conducting the social media campaign to tell the public that the Army cares. The Run to Honor campaign is a part of an IMCOM promotion to increase awareness of the Fallen and surviving military Families.
In the past, runners from all over the world have dedicated their weekend run or walk, wherever they may be, to the Fallen and surviving Families. Those participating but not coming to the ATM expo can visit http://www.armymwr.com/runtohonor and download a bib, and participate by sharing their photo on social media with #RuntoHonor.
"IMCOM cares about fallen service members and their surviving Family members," Hatfield said. "Our survivors need to know and experience how much the nation cares. They will always be a part of the Army Family."