June 30th, 2018


Race 9 AM (Registration 7:00 AM)


Summit Middle School - 4509 Homestead Road - Fort Wayne, IN

Our Story

    “Run Like a Hero” was created to raise awareness for the need of organ donations and to raise money for transplant research.  The race is dedicated in memory of Caden Bowles, (Pictured Above) and others who have lost their battle waiting for organ transplants.  Watch and Read Caden’s story below and learn how you can become someone’s hero.

Caden was born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  Doctor’s at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan performed open heart surgery when he was four days old to attempt to repair his heart.  The surgery was unsuccessful, and it was determined that Caden needed to be put on the Heart Transplant Waiting List.  This is when Caden’s first hero entered his life.  Grieving parents in another state heroically made the decision to donate life.  This unselfish act of kindness gave six week old Caden the most precious gift of a new heart.  His Hero had come forward.

Caden embraced this new lease on life for the next eleven years, and his joy and passion for it were evident in how he lived.  His beaming smile, kind nature, and positive attitude despite his many challenges were the essence of Caden.  In May of 2013, Caden returned to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital because his body was rejecting the heart.  Doctors worked tirelessly to stop the rejection, but the battle left his heart in an extremely damaged state, and for a second time he was placed on the Heart Transplant Waiting List.

On September 11, 2013, Caden died waiting for his Hero and the gift they would give.  Caden’s love for life inspires those of us that were able to share his life with him.  Please help us as we run/walk to become heroes to those in need!

Click here to Register to become an Organ Donor



Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 Run Like a Hero Race.

All Results can be found Here!


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For our out of town guest, please book your hotel room at our featured hotel, the “Holiday Inn & Suites” to receive a special “Run Like a Hero” discounted rate.  Call (260)459-1888 and mention the race!

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Race Info

Race_MapThe race will be starting on the street of Aboite Center Road. You will head West on Aboite Center Road and turn North on Eggeman Road. The race will continue by going East on Covington Road. From Covington Road you will go South on Homestead Road. The final turn will take you into the driveway in front of Summit Middle School where the finish line will be located.

Age Groups:Prize for 1st Place Finisher:
Overall Male WinnerCash (unless amateur athlete)
Overall Female WinnerCash (unless amateur athlete)
Female (1-14 years)Trophy
Male (1-14 years)Trophy
Female (15-19 years)Trophy
Male (15-19 years)Trophy
Female (20-29 years)Trophy
Male (20-29 years)Trophy
Female (30-39 years)Cash
Male (30-39 years)Cash
Female (40-49 years)Cash
Male (40-49 years)Cash
Female (50-59 years)Cash
Male (50-59 years)Cash
Female (60-69 years)Cash
Male (60-69 years)Cash
Female (70+ years)Cash
Male (70+ years)Cash

*All cash prizes are gifts from an anonymous sponsor. No profits are used for prize winners!


Race Facts:Organ Donorship Facts:

-Where is the race?

-How much of a shortage is there of Organ donations?

-What time does the race start?

-How many lives can one donor save?

-How long is the race?

-How much does it cost to be an Organ Donor?

-Do I have to be a runner to participate?

-How do I know if I'm an Organ Donor or Not?

-What if I have an entire team wanting to participate?

-Am I too Old?

-What do I get for Participating?

-Will the doctor let me die if I'm in the hospital?

-Where does the money go?

-Can I still have an Open Casket?

-What if it's raining?

-Is it against my religious beliefs?

-Will there be a timing system?

-How do I sign up?

-Is there a Packet Pick-Up before the race?

-Do I have to go to Packet Pick-Up on Friday?

-Can I register on Race Day?

-What is the course for the race?

Contact Us


Nancy Dye

Cell:  (317)694-8413

Josh Dye

Cell: (517)425-2646

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