Zechariah has always been passionate about running, but it was the 2017 Tunnel to Towers 5k that inspired Zechariah to keep running for our First Responders. During the run, he had the
opportunity to run with nearly 100 First Responders, all dressed in full gear, for the duration
of the race. Before the race, he was also assigned a name tag of 9/11 Officer that lost their life
following the terrorist attacks. Zechariah spent all of 2018 honoring that one particular Officer
and was able to meet the family of that Officer following the 2018 Tunnel to Towers Run in NYC.
That interaction showed Zechariah how much his acts of running for our fallen heroes meant to
the families, so Zechariah set out on a mission to continue doing that in 2019. In 2019, Zechariah
ran 1-mile for every First Responder lost in the line of duty in 2019 as well as a mile for every
Police Officer lost in the line of duty in 2018. For those heroes he honored lost in 2019, the flags
he carried were each sent to the family of that fallen hero along with a hand written note. By years
end, Zechariah ran over 350 miles in 2019 including miles run in 6 different states. His efforts
to honor our fallen have also been featured on various news agencies including national shows such as FOX & Friends, GMA3 w/Strahan, Sara and Keke as well as we CBS Evening News. His mission has also become it's own 501(c)(3), and through Zechariah "Running 4 Heroes" non-profit, not only are all our fallen heroes being provided with memorial flags that Zechariah ran with in their honor, but the funds that are raised are going towards the Running 4 Heroes Injured First Responder grant, which awards a minimum of $5,000 per month to First Responders injured in the line of duty and helps offset the costs of medical expenses as well as other financial hardships that come up as a result of the injury.