ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED for our 6th Annual ‘A Run Down Hero Highway’ which will take place on Sunday, November 24th. There is walk-up registration at the Pier on the day of the event.

This is a patriotic and family-friendly 5k run/walk/stroll that pays tribute to local hero Sgt. James J. Regan, and helps raise money for the Lead The Way Fund. All net proceeds go to support the families of our US Army Rangers who have been killed, disabled, or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world.

Now in its sixth year, and back bigger and stronger after last year’s cancellation due to Hurricane Sandy, this event brings together people of all ages for a spirited run/walk/stroll along the Hudson River. Starting at Pier 46, entrants complete a 5K roundtrip along the West Side Highway, past Ground Zero and in constant view of Lady Liberty. The festivities continue with a post-race celebratory brunch at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

This year, in conjunction with The American Fallen Soldiers Project, we will present original portraits to the families of beloved fallen Rangers SGT Andrew Nicol and SPC Bradley D. Rappuhn. In addition, continuing with our tradition of supporting other home-town heroes in the NYPD and FDNY, we will also be presenting a portrait to the family of NYPD 9/11 First Responder, Bomb Squad Detective Claude “Danny” Richards.

Attendees will revel in a day filled with moving tributes, amazing camaraderie and great food & drink. Over 1,100 people joined us for the 5th annual Run Down Hero Highway. We can’t wait to commemorate and celebrate with you!


9:45   AM          Registration and T-Shirt Collection on Pier 46 (Cross Charles St. & West St.)

10:30 AM          Introductory Remarks; God Bless America

10:45 AM          Run/Walk Begins

11:30 AM          DOORS OPEN for after party – The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers (Pier 61)

12:10 PM          Portrait Presentations – Phil Taylor from The American Fallen Soldiers Project


  • Online – Visit our event registration page (click here). Registering online GUARANTEES you a free commemorative T-shirt and size preference.
  • Mail-In – Send check and waiver to Lead The Way Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 281, Manhasset NY, 11030.
  • Walk-up –  All walk-up entry fees increase $10. All forms of payment accepted.
  • All participants MUST sign liability waiver on behalf of yourself and/or your families in order to participate in event. If registering by mail please sign below and send in with your registration. If you register online you MUST check the appropriate boxes indicating that you have read and accepted our terms.

Cost:          Adults – $75; Students – $40; Under 12 – $25 (Kids under 5 Free)

            Cost includes entrance fee, commemorative t-shirt and full brunch

                          NOTE: ALL COSTS INCREASE BY $10 FOR WALK-INS

Fundraising:      Many people have asked how they can get involved and help fundraise for us in addition to just attending our events. By setting up a page on FirstGiving, all individuals, families and groups will have the ability to raise money on our behalf and in support of your ‘Run Down Hero Highway’ efforts. To start your fundraising, please click on the JOIN NOW button at the top of the page and create your own personalized page.                                   

Sponsorships: We are actively seeking individual and corporate sponsors to team up with us on our efforts. Please click here to view further details on sponsorship packages and how you can help.

Post Race:  Head to The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for a celebratory brunch, plenty of drinks, raffle prizes and live music. The Lighthouse is located in the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex at 23rd Street and the Hudson River (

*This is not a Department of Defense sponsored event*

6th Annual ‘A Run Down Hero Highway’ Registration Form