Registration now open for
race for a soldier 2024!

September 8th, 2024

Race For A Soldier 2023 Results

1st: Logan Zitting / M / Age 15-19 / 1:30:12.7

2nd: Thomas Purbaugh / M / Age 35-39 / 1:30:17.4

3rd: Marc Wright / M / Age 50-54 / 1:32:08.1

4th: William Thelen / M / Age 35-39 / 1:33:32.0

5th: Abel Hernandez / M / Age 40-44 / 1:33:40.2

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1st: Logan Parrish / M / Age 15-19 / 0:17:49.6

2nd: Nicholas Giacolone / M / Age 30-34 / 0:17:59.2

3rd: Alexa Carr / F / Age 25-29 / 0:18:52.3

4th: Ben Johnson / M / Age 15-19 / 0:19:01.2

5th: N. Butler / M / Age 01-14 / 0:19:51.1

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Thank You To Our Presenting Sponsors

The Race

Race For A Soldier is presented by the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation to raise awareness of the challenges faced by our military service members, veterans and first responders living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Foundation has delivered Mind, Body and Spirit workshops; courage and leadership summits; eliminated barriers for veterans to receive equine therapy and counseling; facilitates the Warrior PATHH training program; and peer to peer support meetings called “Huddles” in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and soon in Bremerton.

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is committed to finding the best tools and training to enhance the mind, body and spiritual wellbeing of our nation’s veterans, first responders and their family members. We believe they should be provided the very best programs that help restore their lives and overcome the trauma they face while serving their country and communities.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Race for A Soldier. The success of the event relies heavily on our community members and their willingness to give of their time and talent. There are many ways you can help on race day. Whether you host a water station, cheer on the runners or join the clean up crew, we can’t do it without you.

We are very grateful for our volunteers!

Looking for a place to stay? 

We highly recommend Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites, the OFFICIAL partner of Race For A Soldier!

Course Map


parking map


What are the start times for your events?

• 7:30 am opening ceremonies

• 7:45 am half start

• 8:00 am 5k start

What distances are your events?

• 5k run walk

• 13.1 mile run (time limit 3hrs)

When and where is packet pick-up

• September 8th at the Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites 10:00am-3:30pm

• September 9th at the  Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites 10:00am-3:30pm

Can I bring my MP3 player?

The use of headsets highly discouraged, but not outright prohibited at our events. Per USATF Insured event , we follow their guidelines on headset use. USATF does not encourage headphone use during its races but does not disallow them as long as they are used safely. For this reason, if you choose to use a headset on the course, you may be asked by a course official to remove them for safety reasons. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.

Can I bring my Nordic Walking Stick?

Yes. Participants of the these events are welcome to use walking sticks; however, please be courteous and mindful of participants around you.

Can I bring my bike/skates/skateboard?

No. No wheels are allowed on the course except for registered wheelchairs and official course vehicles.

Who We Are

We are committed to bringing hope and healing to our first responders, military members, veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.

Do You Need Help?

If you are in a crisis and need to talk right away, or you are concerned about somebody else, there is always someone to listen and help.