Support our Armed Forces and the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic-themed 5K Run/Walk. On May 14-16, 2021, the National D-Day Memorial will be hosting the Armed Forces Day 5K; however, we have moved this event to a virtual race due to guidelines regarding large gatherings by the CDC. Registration opens March 1, 2021.
So, What Is A Virtual Race?
For years, many races have offered a virtual runner option that allowed runners to participate no matter where they lived and to still support the race. Runners can sign up for the race, post their times online after running a 5K, and receive a 2021 Armed Forces Day 5K race shirt by mail.
How Do I Participate in the Virtual Armed Forces Day 5K?
Step 1: Register to run or walk the virtual Armed Forces Day 5K at www.dday.org/armed-forces-day-5k. The registration fee will remain at $25 through race weekend.
Step 2: Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the race and explain why it is important to you. Invite them to sign up and run with you in groups of 10 or less).
Step 3: Download the RaceJoy App on your phone for a more interactive experience, including: live GPS tracking, GPS progress alerts, Cheer sending by remote spectators, NearMe proximity alerts, and much more!
Step 4: Anytime on May 14th-16th, lace up your running shoes, head outside or hop on your treadmill, and walk or run to support our nation’s heroes past and present who defend our freedom! You can report your results to RunSignUp, too.
Most Importantly: Share with us on social media about why you signed up, pictures of training and your 5K, and more by using the hashtag #DDAYAFD5K.
T-Shirt Deadline is April 26, 2021. Shirts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the deadline.
Participants who register by the t-shirt deadline should ideally receive their shirts in time to wear them on Armed Forces Day if shipping services continue to not be severely impacted by COVID-19.
All packets will be shipped to participants who live outside of the local Bedford region. Those who live in the greater Bedford area can pick up their packets at our downtown office location. Please follow COVID-19 protocols when visiting the office.
Due to the challenges of scoring a virtual race, there will not be medals or team awards awarded for 2021.
For questions, please contact Sarah Peed, AFD5K Race Director, at (540) 586-3329 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Armed Forces Day 5K Virtual Race is sponsored by Framatome, @DestinationBedfordVA, and BWXT.