Run 4 The Hills For First Responders 2020

Sharon Springs, NY

A message from Hero Fund America’s President, Garth Roberts

March 16, 2020

To all of our Run 4 the Hills for First Responders registrants,

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation.  Reviewing the recommendations of the CDC, the emergency implementations and restrictions governing all public gatherings by the Governor and Board of Health, we, the Board of Directors of Hero Fund America, have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our signature event, the 2020 Run 4 The Hills for First Responders. 

This announcement is not an easy one to make, our hearts and souls go into presenting this event, and the planning began a year ago, at about noon on May 4th, 2019, as the last racer crossed the finish line in Sharon Springs, New York.  Run 4 The Hills is not only a recognition event and sanctioned race, but our single biggest fundraiser of the year; while it is devastating to cancel it on behalf of our charity, we found no way around it, considering the unprecedented global situation we find ourselves immersed in. For the safety of everyone involved, our participants, volunteers, spectators and community, AND, for the safety of those for whom this charity serves - our First Responders, it is necessary to take action.

Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement agencies are undoubtedly entering into unchartered territory in the world of emergency services. HFA needs your commitment to continue our work on behalf of our First Responders.

If you have registered individually or as a team for the race, you have two options:

1.   Donate your entry fee to Hero Fund America, Inc. Now more than ever, our First Responder community needs your help during this critical time. Additionally, Hero Fund America, Inc. has already incurred insurance fees and multiple up-front expenses from which we cannot recover. We greatly appreciate your consideration!

2.   Get a refund of your entry fee. This refund will be applied to your credit card.

If we do not hear from you, we will assume you wish to convert your registration fee into a charitable contribution. Should you require a refund, please email

Mark your calendars for May 1, 2021, and prepare yourselves for the celebration of a lifetime! 

First Responders: 2020 HFA Grant round is open!

Follow this link to a simple, one page form:

Be safe, friends!

Sincerely yours,

Hero Fund America Board of Directors

Run 4 the Hills for First Responders benefits those that serve in EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies.

Join us for the 7th annual 
RUN 4 THE HILLS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS - a challenging 4 mile run/walk through the historic village of Sharon Springs, NY and surrounding countryside, benefiting Hero Fund America, Inc., our Duty Gear Challenge winners, and the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad. Hero Fund America supports education and training for first responders. Fire, Rescue and Law Enforcement Departments are welcome to participate in the Duty Gear Team Challenge (3 person minimum, in turnout/duty gear, present race day) and compete for Cash Prizes ($1,000 for EACH division -Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement, based on best overall team time) along with medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) for individual first responders in each division. New Balance will be offering 3 pairs of sneakers to the first male and female finishers, along with a drawing for the third. A Student plaque will be awarded to the school team with best overall time, and a Community Team trophy awarded to largest participating team (business or any group). We are also offering prizes for the top 3 individual fundraisers or fundraising teams!

 Online registration closes at midnight Saturday, April 25th. Packet pickup/last minute registration ($35, providing event has not sold out) will be held at the American Hotel, Main Street, Sharon 
Springs, NY on Friday, May 1 from 3-6pm. On race day, May 2, last minute registration and packet pickup will be available from 7:30-8:30am ($35). Race start, 9:00am sharp at the American Hotel, Main Street, Sharon Springs, New York.  All teams must register under Team Registration. USATF sanctioned. Sorry, we offer no refunds for this charitable event.

Can't participate on race day? Register for our new 2020 VIRTUAL RUN/WALK! All virtual registrants will receive a t-shirt, finishers medal & custom bib! The largest virtual team will win an official trophy!


When & Where

May 2, 2020


9:00 AM

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