FAQs

HOW LONG IS THE RUN?
Massachusetts Run For The Fallen is a 5K Run/Walk/Ruck.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?
We are seeking volunteers for the 2022 Run For The Fallen!  Click here to sign up for volunteer slots/time.  All registered volunteer receive a t-shirt and lunch ticket.

Do you have a community group that would like to volunteer together? Email Info@militaryfriends.org with your group name, number of volunteers, and group contact info for more information.


WHEN DOES 2022 REGISTRATION OPEN?
Registration is currently open for the 2022 Massachusetts Run for the Fallen. Click here to register

WHO IS HONORED AT THE RUN?
Massachusetts Run For The Fallen recognizes Global War on Terror, Fallen Service Members whose home of record was Massachusetts (or who had strong ties to the state) and who died on active duty or lost their lives to PTSD due to their military service since September 11, 2001.


Massachusetts Run For The Fallen works with the MA Department of Veterans’ Services which oversees the names of the Fallen from the state’s official list.  We recognize that not all families may be on this list and we welcome any family member who would like their Global War on Terror, Fallen Service Member added to the MA Run For The Fallen Hero Wall to contact us at Info@militaryfriends.org or 1-84-HELP-VETS if they are interested in having their loved one added.

WHAT DOES THE RACE REGISTRATION FEE SUPPORT?
Thank you for selecting the option to participate and make a registration donation of $30. Massachusetts Run For The Fallen is a free event for families of the Fallen. Your donation helps cover their costs for the event including food, Fallen Hero Honor Markers, Family of the Fallen t-shirts and more. Donations also help provide year round support for unexpected emergency needs of Gold Star and military families. Thank you for your support!

WHERE DOES THE COURSE GO?
The 3.1 mile course Starts and Finishes at Barnes Memorial Park.  See map below for the official course route.

  • The course begins on Eastern Ave at Barnes Memorial Field, facing the Dedham Middle School.

  • ​Right onto East Street.

  • ​Right onto Jersey Street.

  • Left onto Central Ave.

  • Left onto Rustcraft Rd. 

  • Cross East Street and continue straight on Jefferson Street.

  • Left onto Mt. Vernon Street.

  • Left onto Madison Street.

  • Right onto East Street.

  • Left onto Eastern Ave.

  • Right into Barnes Memorial Field driveway to the Finish Line.

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WHERE CAN I PARK FOR THE RUN?
Official event parking is located at the Dedham Middle School lot (use GPS address 484 East St, Dedham, MA 02026 to access the parking lot entrance marked on the above map) 

No Parking will be allowed on Eastern Ave or East Street along the course. The Barnes Memorial Field drive way will be used for the staging area and finish line, therefore only official event vehicles will be allowed into the field driveway. No parking or drop off will be available in the driveway adjacent to the field. 

Please note: Eastern Ave from Providence Hwy to East St. will close to all traffic at approximately 9:45am and will not reopen until after 11am. The remainder of the course will begin closing to vehicular traffic shortly after Eastern Ave and will reopen once the majority of runners have passed. 

ARE WALKERS OR STROLLERS ALLOWED?
Both are welcome.  All are asked to assemble at the start line based on pace so please position yourself accordingly.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
While the 5k course takes place on public streets, Barnes Memorial Field where the Start/Finish line activities take place however is a pet free facility. As always, in accordance with the ADA, service animals are welcome at Barnes Memorial Field. Service animals are defined by the ADA as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

ARE THERE PRIZES FOR THE TOP FINISHERS?
No, this Run/Walk is about honoring the Fallen.  We hope this is the reason why our Runners take part.

CAN YOU PARTICIPATE WITH A RUCK OR CARRYING A FLAG?
Absolutely.  We welcome it!

MY BUSINESS WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THIS EVENT. HOW CAN WE DO THIS?
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email info@militaryfriends.org

MY BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A TABLE AT THE RUN. HOW CAN WE DO THIS?
Interested vendors may contact Info@militaryfriends.org.  All vendors will need to bring their own table, chairs and tent (required).  There may be fees for vendors interested in selling products.