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That’s why Hope For The Warriors means so much to me and my husband. It not only made it possible for me to study art, it gave me a safe place to share my experience with others going through something similar. It even helped me understand what my husband and I need to care for ourselves and each other.

—Military Caregiver Sarah Dale

13th Annual Run For The Warriors @ Jacksonville Senior High School
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hope For The Warriors® is excited to Share HOPE with the Jacksonville community for the 13th year in a row. We are grateful for the support we have received from each and every participant over the past 12 years. It has been an event that truly unites the military and civilian communities in the area. We hope you will encourage your family and friends to participate with you and create a team for this year’s 13th Annual Run For The Warriors.

KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS – 5K + Fun Run/Walk @ The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

kayak flyer1aWe kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting a 5K Beach Run and 1K Fun Run/Walk. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, run down the beach, across Rt. 58 and through Beacon’s Reach and then return to the beach. The Fun Walk/Run will head down the beach towards Indian Beach and return on the same route.

The 5K Beach Run and Fun Run/Walk is on Saturday, May 26, 2018. This run will be electronically timed by Run the East, a professional race timing service of North Carolina. For more race timing info please see www.runtheeast.com. The event fee for the 5K is $25 includes a t-shirt. The Fun Run/Walk fee is $15. T-shirts for fun walkers/runners will be available for purchase for an additional $10. The Fun Walk/Run will head down the beach towards Indian Beach and return on the same route. All runners will line up with the elite runners in front, casual runners next, and walkers following. All runners start will be at 8:00 a.m.

The race course for the 5K will begin on the beach and proceed west towards Indian Beach and then loop over the dunes, across Hwy 58 and then over the knolls of Beacon’s Reach and then back across 58 and onto the beach again. Run times will be posted on this site just as we do with the Kayak race with special note to the top three finishers in several age and gender groups.

The age and gender groups are as follows:

Females 15 and Under

Females 16 – 65

Females 66+

Male 15 and Under

Males 16 -65

Males 66+

There is parking at the common beach access parking across the street from the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, the Beacon’s Reach Management Association parking lot, and behind the Beacon’s Reach Management office in the landscape field (both off of 58).  Two porta potties will be located at the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores next to common beach access.

There are three ways to register:

1. Click Register Now, get a user id and your friends and family can go to our secure section and with their credit card make a donation in any amount. Your total contributions are recorded and you will be given credit for your fund raising efforts on the day of the Run
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2. Register at www.runtheeast.com. Event information is available there as well

3. You can register by using our paper registration forms that are in .pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Any questions can be addressed to the event coordinator by emailing :coordinator@k4tw.org.

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KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS – Warriors Reception + Silent/Live Auctions @ NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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On Thursday evening May 31, 2018, at 6:00 PM, the annual Warrior Reception with its two auctions (Live and Silent) will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.This event, which especially honors our combat wounded, is also intended to recognize all of our veterans.

This is a delightfully entertaining evening for everyone.  For an admission fee of  $10, you gain admittance to the aquarium and all its exhibits and are invited to enjoy some of the finest food our local restaurants provide.  One serving of beer or wine is included, as is unlimited water or soda. Additional wine/beer can be purchased  for $3 per serving.

Please stroll through the galleries and take a few minutes to place a bid on one of the silent auction items.The Silent Auction will feature 100 items by local artists and craftsmen as well as items donated by local merchants. We will also have raffle tickets for sale, for a chance at some unique items.

Additionally, there will be a Live Auction featuring the antics of “Auctioneers on Deck” in the Aquarium Auditorium. There will be another 40 or so items in the Live Auction.

Last year these items included Carolina Panthers’ football tickets, hotels and vacation, golf outings, hang gliding,  professional services, a beautiful hand-made quilt, fabulous stained glass, wooden art pieces and more. This year will feature  the same caliber of items.

We look forward to a fun evening, with entertainment, great auction items, good food and friends. We hope you participate generously for the benefit of our combat wounded.

Any questions can be addressed to the event coordinator by emailing :coordinator@k4tw.org.

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KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS – Kayak + Paddle board Race @ Garner Park
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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ACTIVITIES at GARNER PARK A 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race through the Pine Knoll Shores canals and Bogue Sound begins Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 10 a.m. A $50 registration fee includes a Warrior T-shirt and lunch. We will again have the WARRIORS RACE, a “race within a race.” There will be raw time winners in the “standard” race. We are asking each participant to create their own team of sponsors. Each racer is encouraged to raise at least $100 in additional donations from their sponsors.

FOR EVERY DOLLAR RAISED BY EACH RACER, 1 SECOND WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THEIR RAW RACE TIME.  There is NO limit to the number of seconds that can be deducted. The WARRIOR winner will be the racer with the fastest WARRIOR time by calculating their (raw time) – (dollars raised/seconds) = WARRIOR time. Sponsor dollars accepted up to race time @ Garner Park or the electronic cut off if submitting online.  additional info.  All sponsor dollars must be submitted 24 hours before the race including the electronic cut off submitting on line.

Loaner kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to reserve a loaner, the participant must register online and then contact us at :coordinator@k4tw.org.


After all kayak and paddle board racers return to shore, an awards ceremony and Barbecue Feast will begin at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Garner Park. For those not racing in any other events, the cost to participate in the lunch is $10 per person with a max of $15 per family. K4TW t-shirts will be available for purchase.  A fantastic raffle will take place as well. Tickets are available prior to the event from committee members as well as at Saturday’s race.

Charlotte Run For The Warriors presented by Sealed Air @ Independence Park
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hope For The Warriors is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Charlotte Run For The Warriors. The 5K and Memorial 1-Mile will start at 9:00 am at Independence Park. We urge runners to register early and attend packet pick prior to race day. T-shirt cut off for guaranteed sizes is Nov 26. Anyone registering after that date, shirts will be available on a first come first serve basis at packet pick up. Don’t want to Run? Then VOLUNTEER! https://hopeforthewarriors.volunteerhub.com

The race is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. As a result, for the safety of all participants, no wheeled vehicles, including baby joggers/strollers, will be allowed.

2018 Charlotte R4W