A 15K to honor 15 fallen soldiers and families from the Central Ohio community.

Fallen 15k

NEW: This year a 5k distance race has been added.Fallen 15’s 15-kilometer race will run through the  streets of Dublin, OH. This unique 9.3-mile race is a one-of-a-kind way to honor, celebrate and draw inspiration from local fallen heroes. Each kilometer will feature a Service Member from the Central Ohio region who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror. Runners will have the unique opportunity to know each individual service member as they traverse each kilometer, which will have a personal and lasting effect. The length of the race was chosen to represent the hardships service members encounter on a daily basis while serv…

  • Where: Dublin Jerome High School: 8300 Hyland Croy Rd. Dublin, OH
  • When: Saturday May 27, 2017
  • Time: 8:30am
  • Cost: $55.00 & up
  • Packet Pickup: Fleet Feet - Lewis Center: 1270 E Powell Rd, Columbus, 43035 - Friday 5/26 10am - 8pm
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For every kilometer in our Fallen 15K, you can honor a fallen hero's name. Their story can be celebrated and shared within our community.

Honor a Fallen Hero
1
LT Stephen Byus
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 39
  • Last Deployment:
US Navy, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio,Died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan from injuries received from a suicide bomber attack near his location.
2
LCpl Michael Cifuentes
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 25
  • Last Deployment:
US Marine, of Fairfield, Ohio,Died Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.
3
MAJ Michael Donahue
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 41
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Columbus, OhioDied Sept. 16 in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a suicide car bomb attack.
4
SSG Shamus Goare
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 29
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Danville, OhioDied June 28, 2005, when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while ferrying personnel to a battle against militants in eastern Afghanistan.
5
CW3 James Groves III
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 37
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Kettering, OhioDied March 16, 2013, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crash.
6
SPC James Hall, Jr.
  • Years of Service:
  • Age:
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Miamisburg, OhioDied Nov. 11, 2011. He had been severely injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan in May 2011 and was evacuated to the USA to recover.
7
SSG Adam King
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 28
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Marion, OhioAssigned to West Point Military Academy, Died Dec. 18, 2012.
8
SSG Robert Massarelli
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 32
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, of Hamilton, OhioDied June 24, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
9
SGT Daniel McCall
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 24
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, age 24, of Pace, Fla.Died Oct. 30, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained when enemy forces engaged his unit with small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device.
10
SGT Arthur Mora, Jr.
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 23
  • Last Deployment:
US Army, age 23, of Pico Rivera, Calif.Died Oct. 19, 2005, when his Humvee was struck by enemy indirect fire during patrol operations in Balad, Iraq.
11
LCpl Aaron Reed
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 21
  • Last Deployment:
US Marine, of Chillicothe, OhioDied Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.
12
1Lt. Joseph Sharpe
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 30
  • Last Deployment:
US Air Force, of Columbus OhioDied March 14, 2015 of acute myeloid leukemia.
13
SFC Daniel Smith
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 32
  • Last Deployment:
US ArmyDied Oct. 24, 2009, from a parachute accident.
14
SGT Christopher Terry
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 37
  • Last Deployment:
US ArmyDied March 18, 2014, from cancer.
15
Cpl Paul Zanowick, II
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 23
  • Last Deployment:
US Marine, of Miamisburg, OhioDied June 3, 2011, in Karim Karez, Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Upcoming Events

Purple Heart Run 5K

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The Fallen 15 and Columbus Chapter 500 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) have joined together again this year for the 4th Annual Purple Heart 5k. This will be another great night celebrating with military members and the community. The unique race start time of 9pm will serve as a completely new experience for many runners. This time was chosen to represent the solemnity of the Purple Heart Medal, an award only earned through being wounded in combat in defense of the United States of America. This year the race will take place at Genoa Park, downtown Columbus. We will be honoring those female service women who have earned the Purple Hea…

  • Where: Genoa Park, Columbus, OH
  • When: August 5th, 2017
  • Cost: $30
  • Race Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Packet Pickup: On Race Site Beginning at 7:00 pm
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