A 15K and 5k 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. Col. Dominic R. Baragona
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 42
  • Last Deployment:
Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona, US Army, age 42, of Niles, OH, assigned as the Battalion Commander, 19th Maintenance Battalion, III Corp Artillery, died May 19, 2003, in Safwan, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
2
Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 44
  • Last Deployment:
Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, US Army, age 44, of Perrysburg, OH, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, died May 18, 2010, in Kabul, Afghanistan, while conducting combat Operations.
3
Cpl. Dustin A. Derga
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 24
  • Last Deployment:
Cpl. Dustin A. Derga, US Marine Reserves, age 24, of Pickerington, OH, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, died May 8, 2005, in Ubaydi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
4
Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 27
  • Last Deployment:
Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman, US Marine Reserves, age 27, of Delaware, OH, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, died Aug. 3, 2005, in Hadithah, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
5
Staff Sgt. Phillip C. Jenkins
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 26
  • Last Deployment:
Staff Sgt. Phillip C. Jenkins, US Army, age 26, family in Columbus, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st BN, 27th IN REGT, 2d Stryker AAB, Schofield Barracks, HI., died Sept. 7, 2007, in Balad, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
6
Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 21
  • Last Deployment:
Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple, US Marine, age 21, of Carroll, OH, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Regiment, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, died May, 2008, in Karmah, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
7
Sgt. Adam L. Knox
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 21
  • Last Deployment:
Sgt. Adam L. Knox, US Army Reserve, age 21, of Columbus, OH, assigned to 346th Psychological Operations Company, (4ID), Parma, OH, died Sept. 17, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
8
Pfc. Nicholas E. Messmer
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 20
  • Last Deployment:
Pfc. Nicholas E. Messmer, US Army, age 20, of Franklin, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, (2MEF), Fort Carson, CO, died May 8, 2005, in Khalidiyah, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
9
Lance Cpl. Ryan E. Miller
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 24
  • Last Deployment:
Lance Cpl. Ryan E. Miller, age 21, of Gahanna, died Sunday, September 3, 2006 while serving with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Anbar Province Iraq of injuries from a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations.
10
Spec. Zachary T. Myers
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 21
  • Last Deployment:
Spec. Zachary T. Myers, US Army, age 21, of Delaware, OH, assigned to 545th Military Police Company, 607th MP BN, 8th MP Brigade, Fort Richardson, AK, died Sept 8, 2009, in Tikrit, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
11
Spec. Vincent J. Pomante III
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 22
  • Last Deployment:
Spec. Vincent J. Pomante III, US Army, age 22, of Westerville, OH, assigned to HHB, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, Geissen Depot, Germany, died Dec. 6, 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
12
Spec. Joseph W. Riley
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 27
  • Last Deployment:
Spec. Joseph W. Riley, US Army, age 27, of Grove City, OH, assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, died Nov. 24, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, while conducting combat Operations.
13
2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 23
  • Last Deployment:
2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, US Army, age 23, family from Columbus, OH, assigned to HHC, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4 BCT, Fort Campbell, KY, died June 3, 2013, in Tsamkani, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
14
Cpl. Andre L. Williams
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 23
  • Last Deployment:
Cpl. Andre L. Williams, US Marine, age 23, of Galloway, OH, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, died July 28, 2005, in Cykla, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.
15
Staff. Sgt. Wesley R. Williams
  • Years of Service:
  • Age: 25
  • Last Deployment:
Staff. Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, US Army, age 25, of New Carlisle, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th SBCT, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, died Dec. 10, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Upcoming Events

Purple Heart Run 5K

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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