The Honored Hero Run is a labor of love of several North Texas Team In Training (TNT) alumni who are working to raise awareness and money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) outside of their individual events. Since the first race in 2008, the popularity of this Fort Worth multi-distance race has exploded. So has its contributions to LLS - $88,000!
Don Armstrong, the Honored Hero Race Director, has an incredible connection to LLS. He is a leukemia survivor, North Texas Board of Trustees member, Team In Training alumni and coach and head of the North Texas Mission Committee. Below he talks about why his team named their event the Honored Hero Run, how it got its start, and why their medals are so special.
How did the Honored Hero Run get its start?
The Honored Hero Run came together in 2008 as a grassroots efforts by a group of local leaders, TNT alumni and friends who wanted to create an event that would bring to the community together in a collective effort to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer research, while honoring those who have battled or are currently battling blood cancers.
Each year the Honored Hero Run Board of Directors visit local hospitals and offers young cancer patients the opportunity to enter a logo contest. Three winners are chosen: official logo artist (used for all promotional materials), official t-shirt artist (used for participant and volunteer t-shirts), and official sponsor artist (used for race day sponsor board.) We include local honored heroes because allows the community to be a part of the event and bring light to the we honor at the race.
Why did you think it was important to create this race?
Founders and current board members are all alumni of Team In Training. We were looking for another way to raise money to support the LLS mission.
Tell us about this year's race.
All participants will receive a tech shirt and and a finisher's medal. We have a terrific finish line area with pancakes, hot dogs and more. This year the In & Out Burger truck will be there to serve delicious burgers and fries.
How much has the Honored Hero Run given to LLS since its inception?
What do you want people to know about this event?
We are all about the experience of a multiple race event with a tremendous amount of community support. We have a distance for just about everyone (including a 1k fun run for the kids). All race courses are flat with the 5k and half marathons course certified. Great atmosphere before, during and after each event. And here's the best part - participants had the opportunity to make a difference by helping to raise money to find a cure for blood cancer. Pure awesomeness!
Want to participate? Registration is still open.
The Honored Hero Run, its event organizers, participants, event sponsors and volunteers are all making a significant impact in LLS's goal of creating a world without blood cancers. Thank you.