A Carry Forward female participant gives an approving hand gesture as she walks by the camera carrying the American flag during a Carry Forward 5k event.

The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® 5K is your chance to honor and empower wounded warriors at one of the most powerful, one-of-a-kind events you'll ever experience. Run or walk a 5K while carrying a flag, weight, or another person—every step you take and every dollar you raise ensures warriors thrive long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Join thousands across the country to put the WWP mission in motion through the Carry Forward 5K—no matter where you are.

A family walking down a city path in a Carry Forward Virtual 5k on a warm summer day.

Virtual 5k

Participating on your own or with a few friends? Sign up for our Carry Forward Virtual 5K. You pick the date, you pick the place and we’ll send you a virtual swag kit complete with a running bib, finishers’ medal and more to show your commitment to warriors everywhere.

A group of friends posing on the grass with Carry Forward participation medals after a 5K.

Host Your Own Event

Planning to participate with a large group like your school, company, or community? Register to host your own event to access Carry Forward resources that make planning a Carry Forward event as easy as alpha, bravo, charlie.

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Join our Carry Forward community on Facebook and share your dedication to warriors with supporters across the nation.

There are three special ways to show your support while you run or walk at Carry Forward:


Carry a flag to show support and patriotism.


Carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans bear while serving our country.


Carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need.

A Movement We Can All Be A Part Of

“My wife had tears when she saw my runner’s bib and realized I ran in her honor.” Brian Vines, Caregiver & Carry Forward 5K participant

“Our family participates to honor all Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice and for those who continue to battle on a daily basis.” Miki Padgett, Carry Forward 5K Squad Leader

“Carry Forward gave me the opportunity to carry my fellow warriors who are living with the everyday struggle of dealing with PTSD.” Yolanda Poullard, Wounded Warrior & Carry Forward participant

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