June 14th, 2019

Stars & Stripes Dash

       5k Run/Walk

Our Mission 

      A veteran is a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Every veteran has been trained to defend our country to the best of their ability while upholding the constitution. The Stars & Stripes Dash is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on helping area veterans organizations that support our local veterans.


Our History

Founded in 2013. Jena Wilmers, a former veteran, established the Stars & Stripes Dash (SSD) with a couple volunteers from the American Legion. The vision of the Stars and Stripes dash is to impact the community while giving back to local veterans. 


Our Vision

To raise awareness and funds for local veterans organizations. All of the proceeds from the annual event stays in the area to impact veterans. The Stars and Stripes Dash also looks to partner with small businesses, owned and operated by veterans, to provide details of the event such as printing, banners, and t-shirts. 


2019 Race Beneficiary


The Stars & Stripes Dash 5k Run/Walk was started to raise money awareness for veterans and veteran organizations in the local Grand Rapids community. For 2019, the Stars and Stripes Dash has partnered with VetSports to raise awareness of how important it is to have someone in your corner. If you have served in the military you would have called that person a battle buddy or battle. This year, we want to encourage runners/walkers and their BATTLE BUDDY or BATTLE BUDDIES to sign up and complete the race (start to finish) TOGETHER. This visual representation will show the community that even though a person may not be serving in the military anymore they may still be facing a different fight and they are not alone. Suicide takes the life of 22 veterans a day, which is 8,030 service members a year.   Had these service members had a "BATTLE BUDDY" on the home front looking out for them their stories may have had a different outcome.  VetSports mission is to set a standard to improve veterans physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement.  Therefore, VetSports is linking BATTLE BUDDIES together in their communities.  VetSports is a 100% volunteer organization whose volunteers give an average 840 hours of service each year toward reaching the mission of VetSports. So, grab your BATTLE BUDDY and register today to show your support.


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