We are excited to announce that long time HOPE family member, First Lieutenant Edwin “Ed” Salau, US Army (Ret), will be the 14th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors opening ceremony guest speaker.

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Salau was first introduced to Hope For The Warriors in 2006 when helping his fellow brothers and sisters in arms get connected to organizations and resources. Since then, he has participated in many Run For The Warriors events and others in the Eastern North Carolina area and received A Warrior’s Wish. Salau shares, “The Run For The Warrior’s race is an asset to our community because it brings awareness to Hope For The Warriors programs and services and the needs of our veterans and military families. It is easy for participants to connect the dots, seeing a way to participate in a family-oriented event, focus on fitness, and simultaneously contribute to your mission.”

About First Lieutenant Edwin “Ed” Salau, Army (Retired)

1LT Ed Salau served for 11 years in the US Marine Corps and then joined the North Carolina National Guard where he was commissioned as an Infantry officer. In 2004, Ed deployed with his National Guard unit to Iraq, serving as an Infantry platoon leader. While on a patrol with his mechanized infantry platoon, they were ambushed. Two rocket-propelled grenades hit their vehicle traumatically amputating Ed’s leg and that of his Sergeant. Both he and his Sergeant were medevaced and spent their recovery at Walter Reed. After Ed was medically retired from the Army, the Marine Corps hired him as a civilian employee at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In December 2015, Ed was the first Veteran to receive a prosthetic leg through percutaneous osseointegration surgery–meaning a permanent device was implanted in his femur. Ed continues to work with the military, and his current role is an occupational health and safety professional. Ed is married to Dawn Cash-Salau, and they live in Onslow County, North Carolina. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University (1997) and an MBA from Boston University (2000). His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal (for service), and the Purple Heart Medal.

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14th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors Info

Hope For The Warriors is excited to share HOPE with your community! Run For The Warriors is a national race series bringing communities together to support our service members and families.

14th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors

April 6th with opening ceremonies at 7:30 AM

Riverwalk Crossing Park

421 Court Street

Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540

Runner Registration

Volunteer Registration


Race Day FAQ
  1. Where is packet pick up?
    Friday, April 5th: MCX Camp Lejeune from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Friday, April 5th: Hendrick Stevenson Auto on Marine Blvd from 3:00 to 6pm
    Race Day Saturday, April 6th: Riverway Crossing Park, 421 Court Street “train depot” 6:00 am to 7:30am
  2. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
    Yes please bring their confirmation email.
  3. Can I pick up packets for my whole team?
    Yes, please email runinfo@hopeforthewarriors.org 48 hours prior to picking up the packets.
  4. I am not registered but would like to run, can I still register?
    You may register at any of the packet pick up locations/times. We accept check, cash, and credit card payments.
  5. How much is it to register?
    5K and 1st Mile – $25 currently or $35 on race day
    10K – $40 currently or $50 on race day
    Half – $50 currently or $60 on race day
  6. What type of shirts will we receive
    This year’s shirts are a soft-style performance tripoly cotton blend.
  7. I have my packet, what time should I get to the start?
    Our opening ceremonies will begin at 7:30AM please arrive at 7:00AM to ensure you find a parking spot.
  8. Can I push a stroller?
    Yes, you can push a children’s stroller, we ask that when you line up for the start that you line up in the back to ensure the safety of all runners.
  9. Can I run with my dog?
    Yes, but all dogs must be well behaved and on a leash at all times. Check out our New Bern Furry 5K and Mile Mutt Strut where your furry friend can sign up to run too!
  10. Where should I park?
    Local municipality buildings, grass lot across the street and street parking. Look for signage and parking volunteers.
  11. What awards will be given out?
    Our 1st Mile is a non-competitive event, there will not be awards for that distance just chip times.

Half, 10K & 5K
Top 3 overall men and women–overall winners are not eligible to double medal in their age division
Top 3 men and women in 10-year brackets (500+ participants we do 5 year age groups, <500 we do 10 year age groups).

  1. Will we receive a finisher token?
    You will have to finish to find out! ?