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The 3rd annual Veterans Day 5K will be held in conjunction with the 35th annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

The Veterans Day 5K, presented by The Gatesworth, includes a timed 5K, one-mile fun-run, FREE Kids’ Dash and many fun-filled activities. This is a family-friendly event to honor those who have served and are serving our country and raise awareness for veteran homelessness. 20% of St. Patrick Center’s clients are veterans who are homeless and proceeds from the event benefit these clients and their families.

The Veterans Day 5K event includes a runners’ village featuring photo opportunities with a bald eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary, APA puppies to cuddle with, appearances by Fred Bird & Louie, snacks, coffee, water, beer (21+), bubble bus, yard games, DJ and more! Stick around after the race for the Veterans Day Observance Ceremony and Parade plus the opportunity to explore the newly re-opened Soldiers Memorial Military Museum which is currently undergoing a $30 million renovation.

Length: Timed 5K run/walk and one-mile fun-run
Cost: $30* (free kids’ dash), $35 beginning on November 9
Veterans receive a $5 discount and a free “Proud Veteran” sticker to wear.
*All paid participants receive a free moisture wicking long sleeve shirt and race bag!

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New this year- option for team registration! Create a team and invite your co-workers, family and friends to join you. The team with the most registered participants will win an award for raising the most awareness for veteran homelessness in our community.

8:30am– 5K run/walk and one-mile fun-run
9:30am– Kids’ dash
10:00am– Veterans Day Observance Ceremony
12:00pm– Parade


Packet pick-up is on Friday, November 9 from 10:00am-7:00pm at West County Big River Running Company– 13969 Manchester Rd. When you are picking up your race gear at packet pick-up or race day, please consider bringing household items to donate to our clients who are veterans. These clients and their families need items such as bedding, pillows, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, cooking utensils and brooms to get started in their new homes.

Not up for participating in the Veterans Day 5K but would still like to help out? We have many volunteer opportunities on race day. Sign up here!

Check out the 2017 Veterans Day 5K event photos.

View our many event sponsorship options and benefits here. For any questions, please contact Maggie Kloppenberg at or 314-802-5418.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Honey Pit Smokehouse
Lewis Rice
Korein Tillery LLC
Roeslein & Associates
Concord Village Lions Club
Jim and Pat McAtee