17th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors, First Mile and Block Party Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (April 19, 2024) – Hope For The Warriors will host its 17th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors, First Mile and Block Party Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will take place outside Hope For The Warriors office located at 3313 Henderson Dr. in Jacksonville.

New this year, the Jacksonville Run For The Warriors will feature the First Mile, a free 1-mile walk or run at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. The goal of the First Mile is to provide the spirit and motivation to carry on, to take the first step — to embrace life and its challenges. It is a reminder of what our country’s warriors embark upon after leaving service, whether it’s finding a civilian job, reconnecting with family, or recovering from physical or mental trauma.

Adoption First will be on-hand with adoptable dogs ready to walk/run the First Mile. Advanced registration is suggested for the dog walk and available at, flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MjA0NTMx.

The Block Party will include family-friendly activities such as a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, face painting from Funtastic Faces, live music from Shiftin Gears, food from the Stanny Dogs food truck, and coffee from Jireh Peruvian Coffee.

Zing Zumm Children’s Museum will be hosting a tent with crafts for children and WRNS-FM will broadcast live with Crystal Legends. Other vendors with giveaways will include Gold’s Gym, Veteran United, Johnson Funeral Home, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dynamic Dental and more.

Hope For The Warriors was founded in 2006 on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina by military families that witnessed, firsthand, the effects of war on their families and community. For over 17 years, the nonprofit has served the post-9/11 military community; including, service members, veterans, military families, caregivers and families of the fallen across the country in all branches of service.

For more information on the 17th Annual Run For The Warriors, Jacksonville and Block Party, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.

Media Contact:

Erin McCloskey – Hope For The Warriors
Hope For The Warriors
(336) 207-5222

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a foundation of stability, strength and community for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 159,000 through a variety of support programs focused on providing financial, career and educational stability; physical and emotional strength; and social support that builds community. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 249 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, X, Instagram, YouTube or LinkedIn.