Our Youth Runners

Running 4 Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by then-10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge in 2019. Since 2021, Running 4 Heroes has added 5 additional Youth Runners to help honor Fallen Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Line of Duty. Our Youth Runners are below.


Zechariah Cartledge

Zechariah Cartledge has always had a deep respect for First Responders, and developed a passion for running when he was only 5 years old. At the age of 7, Zechariah began competing in various 5k events around the community. In October of 2017, Zechariah ran in the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Orlando, FL. This run proved to be a turning point for Zechariah and the spark that created Running 4 Heroes.

During this run, Zechariah had the opportunity to run with dozens of First Responders, many of whom ran the race in their full gear. From that point forward, Zechariah knew he wanted to keep running with and for our First Responders. Originally, his mission set out to honor a fallen 9/11 Police Officer named Walwyn Stuart, while raising money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Zechariah spent all of 2018 honoring this fallen hero in his various races and ended up raising over $11,000 for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

It was at the end of 2018 when he heard about how many Police Officers lost their lives in the line of duty that year. Knowing that the number of miles he ran in 2018 was nearly the same amount of miles as Officers lost in 2018, Zechariah set out on a mission to run 1-mile in 2019 for every Officer lost in the line of duty from the prior year and to raise $100 for each Officer for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
However, just 2-weeks into 2019, Zechariah heard how more Officers had already lost their lives in the lines of duty in the current year, so he decided to add an additional mile for every Officer lost in 2019, but for them, he would run those miles carrying the Blue Line Flag in their honor.

That decision to honor our fallen heroes has led to the creation of the Running 4 Heroes 501(c)(3), which sets out to honor every First Responder lost in the line of duty as well as support those injured First Responders whose injuries were duty-related.

Founder, Running 4 Heroes K9, Youth Runner - NV

Theresa Ann

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Youth Runner - FL


This is Giuliana, she is 12yo and in the 7th grade. Giuliana first heard about Running 4 Heroes in April of 2021 when her and her family saw a post on FB shared to their local community page. She wanted to run with Zechariah to support him and his cause. Giuliana has been running ever since and was asked to be a lead runner after seeing her commitment. 

She is a Florida native with a younger brother who she adores. Giuliana is a smart, kind and funny young girl who enjoys running for a great cause, she also enjoys playing basketball. In her spare time she likes creating crafts and building anything from Legos, robots and cars. In school she  loves her advanced Math and Science classes with hopes to becoming and Engineer one day!

Youth Runner - GA


My name is Andrew Collinson, and I run for Running 4 Heroes. I’m thirteen years old (almost fourteen this October). I’m in my final year of middle school at Gainesville Middle School - West Campus. I’m part of the cross country and track team as well as the band for my school. I take honors classes. I participate in a recreational soccer team. I’m working on getting my black belt in karate right now. Hopefully, I’ll get it in April next year. I also work closely with Free Chapel, a church I belong to, by helping with the food pantry on Wednesdays and feeding the homeless on Saturdays.

Youth Runner - NJ


Morgan is a 13 year old 8th  grade student from Brick Township, NJ. She is active in many sports including flag football, track, basketball, and cross country. Morgan is also a member of the National Jr Honor Society. From the time she was 6 years old she has wanted to be a police officer and work in K9 law enforcement.  Every year on her birthday she does fundraisers that are used towards the purchase of safety equipment for K9s. In the past 7 years she has raised over $15000.Morgan started with R4H in September 2022. She plans to go to a Law Enforcement High School next year and after High school her plan is to join the military and pursue a career in law enforcement.