This is how the New York run will work -
There will be a pre-staked Hero Marker every 4 miles covering 140 miles over 3 days. We run for 814 heroes so most miles will have 6-7 Hero names. The marker will have a date and time that the runners will arrive. The timing is very specific and will be listed at aprox. 36 minute intervals. A small core team of athletes running 8.5 minute miles with flags will arrive at the designated time. When runners arrive at the hero marker they will be carrying four flags as well as the hero's bio. American, New York State, Honor and Remember and Honor and Sacrifice Flags. They will hand those flags to the 4 flag bearers ( riders) waiting at the marker (veterans, or supporters, not necessarily family). They will then read the names of aprox. 28 heroes, their branches of service and dates of death. Then place the Bios in the ground, step back, come to attention and salute. (or kneel and say a few words in reverence). Runners will take turns carrying and placing the bios trading off in teams of 5 or 6. After the salute the runners will pay respects to waiting immediate family members if present with a hug. Retrieve flags from those holding and then begin next leg. This will be accomplished in 6-8 minutes or less. There will be no hesitation, other families are waiting ahead. Each mile is specifically accounted for,10 minutes apart. Families can fellowship before and after runners arrive at that mile. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF 2016 NYRFYF RUN.
1. Runners approach Hero Marker
2. Hand 4 flags over to waiting riders.
3. Flags held at attention by people at marker
4. Runners read hero information place in ground.
5. Runners salute the hero and family. (pay respects)
6. New bio is handed to a runner for the next mile.
7. Runners retrieve 4 flags and turn in a military manner and move to next Hero Marker mile.