6th Annual ‘A Run Down Hero Highway’ – Event Postponed

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Lead The Way Fund,

It is with deep regret that we must inform you that we have to postpone our 6th Annual ‘A Run Down Hero Highway’ scheduled for Sunday, November 18th.  Due to damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, the venue for the post-race celebration as well as Pier 46 will not be viable by next weekend for our event.  We are looking to reschedule the event in the Spring and will inform everyone once a decision on a date has been made.  You can also find updated status information on our website, our Ranger Lead The Way Fund Facebook page and on Twitter by following us at @Leadthewayfund.

Please note that everyone will receive a full refund for their ticket purchase however we ask for your patience as this might take up to a week.  Should anyone have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at [email protected].

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the hurricane.

Be well and safe and we thank you again for supporting our mission to provide assistance to our U.S. Army Rangers and their families.


Lead The Way Fund

Tobay Triathlon 2012

The Lead The Way Fund is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of the TOBAY race organizers, we have secured slots at the 2012 TOBAY Triathlon on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at a discounted price of $50 per slot. The TOBAY Triathlon consists of  1/2 mile swim, 15 k bike and a 5k run throughout Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, New York.

The Lead The Way Fund will have have a tent at the race to further raise awareness for the work we do on behalf of our U.S. Army Rangers and their families. We hope you will come out and cheer for our racers!

Can’t join us but have a friend or relative that you would like to support in their fundraising efforts for the Tobay Triathalon? Please click on the link below to be directed to their individual fundraising pages.



Brendan McCormick

Dan Lamonaca

Charles Bennett

Julia Musso

Thomas Finnican

Brian Werner

Tim Miller

John O’Brien

Brian Carroll

Ryan Saitta

Justin Castellanos

Kendel Fiorentino

Siobhan McCormick

Kevin Flannagan

Suzanne Kenney

Jon Kuczmarski

Brian Ellwood

Jeffrey Hussey

Kevin Minicus

William Wolcott

David Nachman

John Huelskamp


About The Tobay Triathalon

When: Sunday, August 26, 2012

What: The TOBAY Triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 15 k bike and a 5k run)

The Course:

Swim: 1/2 mile in calm Oyster Bay Harbor

Bike: 15 kilometers (one loop), over hill & dale, through beautiful Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove Neck. Fairly hilly but with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish!!

Run: 5 kilometers through Mill Neck & Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum & back “down” to Roosevelt Park.

Where: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, New York

Rangers Lead The Way!

A Run For Heroes, Inspired By A Son

Jim Regan speaks to the Wall Street Journal about our 5th Annual ‘A Run Down Hero Highway’ and about his mission to provide support, beyond what the government can offer, for the U.S. Army Rangers and their families.

A Run for Heroes, Inspired by a Son


To James P. Regan, it’s a moral responsibility to give back to the U.S. Army Rangers who serve. It’s also a way to honor his son, Sgt. James J. Regan, a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Mr. Regan began his Manhasset, N.Y.-based Lead the Way Fund in 2007 to help U.S. Army Rangers who have been injured or who are currently serving and their families. He says the fund is on pace to distribute some $300,000 this fiscal year to help fill in the “gray area” of costs that the government doesn’t cover.

The organization raises about $500,000 in an average year through various events, including the annual “Run Down Hero Highway,” now in its fifth year, to be held Sunday in Manhattan.

Mr. Regan takes his inspiration to help Rangers and their families from the determination he saw in his only son who died at the age of 26. “Jimmy was an awesome kid,” says Mr. Regan, “a kid that walked the walk.”

The younger Mr. Regan was a graduate of Duke University. He turned down job offers to follow in his father’s footsteps and work in the financial-services industry. He declined a scholarship to attend law school.

Instead, he wanted to serve and then become a teacher like his mother, Mary Regan, who worked for the Port Washington, N.Y., school district. He planned to coach high-school lacrosse and football.

On Feb. 9, 2007, he died while on combat patrol in northern Iraq from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

It was an immense, traumatic loss, says Mr. Regan, but “instead of folding your tent, you have to meet the challenge.”

The Lead the Way Fund works with the U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition to exclusively provide support to U.S. Army Rangers, and the fund steps in when a Ranger is wounded or dies. The charity aids the soldier and family during recovery, helps to improve the quality of life for families and supports active soldiers through activities like pre- and post-deployment morale parties.

Whether it’s flying in family friends to attend a funeral, helping with a sick child while a soldier is away from home, providing a more comfortable bed for a wounded soldier or sending a “morale package” filled with new socks and magazines, the Lead the Way Fund helps when a need has been identified.

Much of the fund’s work is in helping families at home. “Essentially, it makes sense that if the government is not taking care of it, we try to help out,” says Mr. Regan.

“It comes down to this: If the wife and family is being taken care of at home, the soldier doesn’t have stress in the battlefield and he’s a better soldier.”

The Army Ten-Miler

The Lead the Way Fund is pleased to announce that we have secured slots at the Army Ten-Miler race on October 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C.   All remaining slots will be filled on a first come-first served basis.  We hope that you will be able to race for us or at least come out and support our runners.  All funds raised by our runners will go directly to the Lead the Way Fund to support our ongoing programs and initiatives.

Each year tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to Washington, DC to join in this race classic. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by DC landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building.  For more details about the race as well as the activities that will take place in conjunction with the event, please visit the Army Ten-Miler website at www.armytenmiler.com.

Already have a slot in the Army Ten-Miler?  Head on over to our Army Ten-Miler First Giving page and sign-up to raise funds.  (Never raised funds before? Check out our First Giving instruction page at the bottom of this page)

To secure one of Lead The Way Fund slots in the Army Ten-Miler, first contact our Army Ten-Miler race leader using the contact information below.  Once you are approved for a Lead The Way Fund slot, head on over to our Army Ten-Miler First Giving page and start raising funds for Lead The Way Fund!

Lead The Way Fund race leader:

Email: [email protected]

WHEN: Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 8:00 AM, Rain or Shine.

WHAT:  Army Ten-Miler

WHERE:  Washington, D.C.

Racing Requirements:

Please note that in order to qualify for a Lead the Way Fund slot, each Participant is asked to raise $500 on behalf of the Lead the Way Fund.  To sign up for one of the remaining Lead the Way Fund slots, please email your interest to [email protected] by August 1, 2011.

First Giving Instructions

Go to Army Ten-Miler First Giving page

1) Click the green “Join Now” button on the top of the page

2) Follow the instructions from Firstgiving

5) Share your new Firstgiving  page with family and friends.


Mightyman Triathlon Series

The Lead the Way Fund is pleased to announce that we have been able to secure slots at the  MightyMan Triathlon series.  This will be the Lead the Way Fund’s first year at MightyMan.

We hope that you will either be able to race for us or just come out and cheer for our racers.  The Lead the Way Fund will have a tent at the event, which will further raise awareness for the work we do.

The Lead the Way Fund, through the generosity of Event Power Long Island, the MightyMan race organizers, has secured slots for the 2011 MightyMan Series.

The slot allocation and date of the races are as follows:
1.    Sprint Distance (10/1/2011) – event slots  (Swim: 750 Meters, Bike: 17 K, Run: 5K)
2.    Olympic Distance (10/2/2011) – event slots (Swim: 0.93 Mile, Bike: 23.8 Miles, Run: 6.2 Miles)
3.    Half-Iron (10/2/2011) – event slots (Swim: 1.2 Mile, Bike: 56 Miles, Run: 13.1 Miles)
When: Saturday October 1, 2011 (Sprint) or Sunday, October 2, 2011 (Olympic & Half Distance)
Where: Montauk, NY

*The price for each race is as follows:  $95 (Sprint), $175 (Olympic) and $220 (Half).  (Prices reflect individual racer prices).

Racing Requirements
To be considered for a Lead the Way Fund slot please email your indication of interest to
[email protected] by 4PM EDT ON SUNDAY, May 22, 2011.  Please indicate if you have ever participated in a triathlon or a similar event and the name of the event(s).  (Selection will not be based on your past times, however, we would like some indication that you have the ability to train and compete in a triathlon).  Prospective registrants will be notified shortly thereafter of their status.

* Please specify which race or races you would like to compete in.
** Please note that in order to qualify for a Lead the Way Fund slot each contestant is asked to raise $500. We will discuss multi-race participants on an individual basis.
*** Each entrant will receive gear including a LTWF visor and a LTWF light-weight running top.

More information at the office Mightyman Triathlon race site.

Once approved please visit the Firstgiving.com event page and start the registration process.