Running 4 Heroes started with a kid, an appreciation for our First Responders, and a mission to raise awareness and funds for those fallen in the line of duty.
Zechariah Cartledge was born with the gift of running. He was raised with an appreciation for First Responders and all they do for the community. As he grew older, Zechariah decided to help the families of our fallen First Responders in a meaningful way. Encouraged by the mission and vision of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Zechariah began his journey raising funds for those families by running.
In 2019, Running 4 Heroes officially became a non-profit 501(c)(3). Zechariah runs one mile for every First Responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. He wants to honor those who gave up their life so we may live in a better world.
Our First Responders do so much for us. I want to let them know they are appreciated.
Donations to Running 4 Heroes Inc. 501(c)3 helps to fund the following missions:
Fallen Hero Flag Mission – Every mile that is run for our fallen First Responders, our mission will send the flag that was carried to the family and/or agency of the fallen hero along with a handwritten note.
Injured First Responder Grant Program
– Each month, we will donate a minimum of $10,000 to a First Responder Injured in the Line of Duty. In 2020, we awarded over $85,000 in Grants and will award no less than $120,000 in 2021.
K9 Grant Program
– Each month, we will present a different K9 Officer with a ballistic vest and/or safety equipment as part of our Running 4 Heroes K9 Program.
Family of the Fallen Beneficiary Fund – When a First Responder is lost in the Line of Duty and leaves behind children 17 years of age or younger, with the agency/family blessing, we will spearhead fundraising campaigns to help financially support the families of these fallen heroes.
Tribute Hall – In late 2022, we will officially launch our Tribute Hall. Connected to the main Headquarters, this 1,800 square foot space will help us continue the honor of our fallen heroes and provide a place for the families of our fallen to reflect on their heroes, and for future children to be inspired. From stories of the heroic 9/11 efforts to recently fallen heroes lost in the Line of Duty, this Tribute Hall will be a powerful place that will forever honor our fallen heroes and provide anyone visiting Orlando a place to honor our fallen.
Headquarters/Unofficial P.D. Substation – Our Running 4 Heroes Headquarters in Winter Springs, Florida has become an unofficial substation for our local Police Department. To ensure that our local Officers have what they need, we will continue to stock our kitchen with various food and beverages, and our bathroom with various toiletry and hygiene products, so that our local First Responders are hydrated, nourished, and healthy. This is just one of the ways we are supporting our local heroes!
Travel Mission – Having the opportunity to meet the youth of this mission means so much to our First Responders and our Surviving Families. Your support makes those opportunities possible.
Please consider donating today and helping us show support to our First Responders, their Families, their Communities as well as our K9 Officers and Military.