The California Run for the Fallen is an organization of runners and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To raise awareness for the lives of California service members who have fallen Post 9/11/2001 or as a result of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN; to rejuvenate their memories and keep their spirits alive; to support organizations that aid California Gold Star Families, and to aid in the healing process for those families whose lives have been affected by combatant or non-combatant situations.
On the last Saturday and Sunday of every September, a team of runners will embark on a 150 mile run through California. At each mile, the Run Team will place an American flag with a personal biographical card for each California service member who has fallen. Each mile ran and each flag saluted is to pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to their families left behind. Our intent is to create a 150 mile long memorial trail through California.
California Run for the Fallen consists of a dedicated team of Active Duty runners, medics, and many other Active Duty, Retired Military, Reserve, Veterans, American Gold Star Mothers, Gold Star Families, Warriors Watch Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, and community leaders and businesses.
We have aligned ourselves with "“60th MXG Top III", a 501 (c) (3) organization that also has no political affiliation or agenda. The 60th MXG Top III’s mission "Promote, within the members of the Maintenance Group top three, unity and esprit de corps, mentorship and networking. Inspire leadership qualities and enhance the professional image of all enlisted military members and educate the
enlisted force about Air Force traditions, customs and heritage."
Lt. Col. Elizabeth Clay
Christopher Clay, MSgt (Retired)
Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA. (2010- 2012)
Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, IL. (2012- 2013)
60th Maintenance Group Top III Organization,
Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA
Master Sergeant Dustin Diede--2014 Director and Run Teams
Staff Sergeant Melissa Diede-- Logistics
Senior Master Sargent (Select) Michael Klebes-- Sponsorship/Fundraising
Master Sergeant James McGarrity--Finances, Closing Ceremony
Master Sergeant Andrew Mujica--Co-Director and Routes
Senior Master Sergeant Carrie Mujica-- Media/Communications
Master Sergeant Raymond Sloan--Logistics
Senior Master Sargent Paul Valenzuela-- Sponsorship/ Fundraising
Kathy Klebes-- Sponsorship/Fundraising
Jennifer McGarrity- Media/Communications
California Gold Star Families
Loretta & Sheldon Bridges, Tracy, CA-- Tracy Dinner
Kevin Graves, Discovery Bay, CA--Run Coordinator, Run Teams
Leianne Graves, Discovery Bay, CA--Logistics/Finances
Wendy and John Hallett II, Richmond, CA.--Closing
Roxane Langevin, Walnut Creek, CA.--Sponsorship/ 5K/ Website
Jan Martinez, Tracy, CA-- Tracy Dinner
Karen Meredith, Mountain View, CA.--Media/Website
Laura Spencer, Elk Grove, CA.--Elk Grove Dinner/Events