Serious runners only please

We are assembling a small group (20 maximum), of active or former military personnel or dedicated athletes to comprise a core team of runners committed to a 3-day 140 mile tribute run from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis. The run has a specific timetable for each marker throughout each day. Runners need to be flexible, willing to run on any given day and when needed. RAIN OR SHINE.

Runners will run approx. 1 mile for every Indiana fallen military hero who died while serving during the current war on terror, stopping to salute and give tribute by name at every Hero Marker, briefly greeting family, friends and comrades who may be waiting nearby. Stopping no longer than 90 seconds each.

Each runner must be physically capable of a consistent 8-9 minute mile for 2 mile legs. Core teams will regularly rotate over the 3-day period. We are not looking for quantity of runners but a solid team dedicated to the remembrance of those who gave their lives and their families. This route will be grueling at times because the trail winds through many hilly areas as we in Indiana. A specific pace must be maintained in order to timely greet waiting families.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our core team or be a drop-in runner contact us at,

Meet This Year's INDIANA


Adam Bennett

I am from Winamac Indiana. It is an honor for me to be able to run these miles for those who have paid the greatest sacrifice for this great country. My heart goes out to the friends and family members of the fallen heroes that we are honoring with this event.


Carson Bennett

Being a runner for the Run for the Fallen is an honor and something that I have wanted to do for a couple years now. It means so much to me to pay my respects and acknowledge those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Eric Butcher

Eric Butcher

Running for this cause to honor and remember our fallen heroes is to show my gratitude towards their ultimate sacrifice. It is the least I can do to show my appreciation to these heroes and their families.


Johnny Butler

Core runner starting in 2018 with America’s RFTF, helping complete a one-day segment in Indiana as well as traveling to Washington D.C. for day 120, the final mile into Arlington National Cemetery.  A son of a Vietnam Veteran, a patriotic citizen who volunteers with Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, among other endeavors.

What keeps me wanting to continue to be a part of Honor and Remember, particularly the Run for the Fallen, is Lance Corporal David K. Fribley, U.S.M.C., Killed-in-Action on 23-Mar-2003.  His dad was my track coach and today, Coach and his wife live about a mile from me.  I run with the flags up for David and for all of those who have given their life for our Freedom, to never Forget, to Honor and Remember each and every one of them.


Linda Cullison

I was in the US Army from 1981-88. I had several of my family members in the military including my grandpa (Army) WW1, Dad (Navy) WW2, and my son (Army National Guard) who was stationed in Iraq in 2009. I ran for America’s Run for the Fallen in 2018 and then for Indiana in 2019. This is an honor for me to run for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. My heart goes out to their families.


Ross Dotzlaf

Being a core runner for Run for the Fallen is a true honor and an incredible way to show respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Participating in the 2022 Virginia and Georgia Runs for the Fallen were two of the most rewarding experiences of my running career.  I currently serve in the Air Force, but I am originally from Greenwood, IN, and I am thankful for this opportunity to participate in my home state and honor our fallen Hoosiers.


Dara Grady

This will be my 6th year as a Core runner.

Eric Roddy

Eric Roddy

It is truly an honor and a privilege to run these miles, so that the friends and families of our fallen Hoosiers can hear their service member’s name called out loud. Years pass us by and memories fade, but the pain never goes away for these Gold Star Families. This run is special and important to me, because we want those families know that their loved ones are not, and will not be forgotten.


Jason Lautrup

I am thankful to be joining the Run for the Fallen family as we bring honor and remembrance to Indiana's military fallen and their families.

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Jennifer Evans

My family became involved in America's Run for the Fallen 2018, following the death of my brother SSgt Tyler J Fox (USMC). Since then, I have had the honor of participating as a core runner with Indiana for the past 2 years. I look forward to serving again this year.

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Kathy Labus

My name is Kathy Labus. I am a daughter,wife,mother,runner,friend and Navy Veteran. Running has a been a family tradition for years. Since giving my running over to those who cannot that has changed my life and my running forever. My twin boys are 20 years old and have Cerebral Palsy, running marathons with them, Pushing or side by side has been a gift to me and many. They are living proof that miracles can happen. Being invited as a core runner to IRFTF was such an honor. Also,a new beautiful way to give back through running. I am a proud female Veteran who takes this run across Indiana to heart, being their mile for mile for Indiana's Fallen, on mother's Day weekend every year breaks you wide open.. there is no way to describe it. It is my privelege to run with this group of people for the third year. We will "say their names."

P.S. A special shout out to my mother who supports me through everything. We both feel strongly that being there for the mothers and families across Indiana for this moving tribute takes precedence over our own celebration. It's always mother's day with her ❤️

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Cr Dillon

It's my third year doing it and I enjoy it.


Frank Murphy

Frank is originally from Alaska, but has put down roots in Indiana. A non-veteran, he is grateful for those who have served in our Armed Forces (including several members of his extended family). He also knows how fortunate he is that every time one of his loved ones was deployed they were able to come home.
Frank recognizes that RFTF is a tangible way to show gratitude. It is a solemn privilege to run in honor and remembrance of Cameron, Nicholas, David, Alec, and hundreds of other soldiers who paid a staggering price in service to our country.

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I am thankful to be joining the Run for the Fallen family as we bring honor and remembrance to Indiana's military fallen and their families.

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My name is Amy Dillon. I am a 7th grade math teacher at Jay County Jr Sr high. I also coach varsity volleyball. My husband has done the run for the past 2 years. I wanted to be able to do this with him last year because I know how important it is to him, but I was not really in the shape to be able to do it. I’ve been working very hard to be able to share in this experience that is so close to his heart. I have admired him and the other runners and what they do for these families. I’ve been able to drive and follow the run and it’s so touching to watch the families and know that the memory of their loved ones is being kept alive.