Hero’s Bridge is preparing for its virtual race to honor Vietnam veterans.

The Warrenton-based nonprofit is incorporating a virtual aspect to its annual 5K race, aiming to garner participants on a national level, according to a news release.

Founder and CEO Molly Brooks said five years of successful in-person races dedicated to Vietnam Veterans Day inspired her to want to transform the annual observance day into a national event.

“As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, I knew more had to be done to recognize the Vietnam War annual observance day,” said Brooks. “The success of the Hero’s Bridge 5K fundraiser has made me realize that this should be a national event.”

The event, commemorating Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29, aims to recognize the sacrifice of the nation’s 9 million Vietnam War veterans. Each finisher of the 5K, in-person and virtual, will receive a commemorative medal, with the 2024 design honoring combat medics from the Vietnam War.

The in-person event on March 30 will start and end at Molon Lave Winery, located at 10075 Lees Mill Road in Warrenton. At noon, participants will set off on a three-loop course around the winery property. The race will be kicked off by Warrenton Town Council member and Army veteran Dave McGuire.

Registration for the in-person event will be open up until race day. Participants who choose race-day registration will need to arrive approximately one hour before the race.

Among the participants of the in-person event will be 81-year-old Vietnam veteran Lewis Ray, a retired master gunnery sergeant, who aims to complete the race in under one hour.

Registration for the virtual event, which includes a customizable bib for participants to honor or remember a Vietnam veteran, will remain open from March 15 through April 15. The registration fee is $29 per participant.

The funds raised from the event will support Hero’s Bridge’s mission and programming.