Registration for the nationwide virtual race opened March 15

WARRENTON, VIRGINIA. — Following five successful years of hosting in-person 5K races in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, Hero’s Bridge Founder and CEO Molly Brooks is elevating the 5K to a national movement honoring Vietnam Veterans everywhere. 

Celebrated every March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day honors the sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War. Hero’s Bridge is the only organization to host a nationwide Vietnam Veterans Day 5K, allowing anyone to thank, support, and recognize our nation’s nine million Vietnam War Veteran heroes.

“As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, I knew more had to be done to recognize the Vietnam War annual observance day on March 29. The success of the Hero’s Bridge 5K fundraiser has made me realize that this should be a national event,” said Brooks. 

The 5K finisher medal traditionally depicts iconic imagery from the Vietnam War. Past medals pictured a Huey Helicopter, dog tags, and standard-issue Vietnam boots and helmet. 

The 2024 finisher medal recognizes the combat medic. All registrants for the virtual event will receive a finisher medal.

Registration also includes a customizable bib for registrants to participate in honor or memory of a Vietnam Veteran. 

Registration will remain open from March 15 through April 15 and is $29 per participant. To register, visit Virtual Strides.  

The event welcomes participants of all ages and abilities, from all corners of the country and around the world. Hero’s Bridge encourages registrants to tag the nonprofit on social media posts @HerosBridge on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

The funds raised will support the organization’s innovative age-specific programs like Battle Buddy, Paw Patrol, Home Front, and Honor Guard programs. Hero’s Bridge is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to this population, encompassing more than 50% of all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Since its inception, Hero’s Bridge has provided 3,112 meals and 6,568 visits to aging veterans across America.