Runners honoring vets begin trek to Arlington National Cemetery

Virginia Run for the Fallen on May 1, 2014. (Image provided by the Virginia Run for the Fallen)
Virginia Run for the Fallen on May 1, 2014. (Image provided by the Virginia Run for the Fallen)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Runners left Fort Story on a trek to Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, starting a four-day journey to honor Virginia’s fallen veterans.

The Virginia Run for the Fallen honors Virginia military service members who recently died serving their country.

Photos: Virginia Run for the Fallen

According to organizers, more than 25 active duty military members are making the planned 242-mile journey, dedicating each mile to a Virginia hero and his or her family. At each mile marker, a group of runners will stop and pay tribute to waiting family members and friends.

If you are planning to participate in one of the “Hero Marker” stops along the route, the organization’s website cautions you to be aware of road conditions and careful when standing on the side of the highway.

According to the group’s website, their goal is to create a 242-mile long memorial trail through Virginia.

The Run for the Fallen started early Thursday with a ceremony at Fort Story. The route takes runners from Virginia Beach to Gloucester, Manassas, and finally Arlington National Cemetery on May 4.

Click here for more information about the Run for the Fallen.

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