July 4th...   The Heroes' Challenge

Support local military Heroes and run/walk the beautiful dike along side the Columbia River in Washougal, WA. Register today for a 10K Run, 5K Fun Walk/Run, Children's 1K Fun Walk/Run, orjoin our "Virtual Team"then stay for the Patriots BBQ and Concert

or just buy a $10 ticket for the BBQ-Concert and stay

to honor our Heroes & their families

The Heroes' Challenge, 4th of July 2019

 One Historic Day...    an Amazing cause...   You supporting Heroes

& stay to enjoy the Patriots BBQ & Concert

1100-1400 Patriot BBQ & Concert 

BBQ & Concert are free with your paid race registration & open to the General Public for $10 each. Just use the race registration tab and pre-purchase your BBQ-Concert tickets so we can be sure to have enough BBQ for everyone! 

You choose the way you are going to support local Heroes   

--Run at 0915 on the Dike along the Columbia River (10K/6.21 miles)

5K--FUN Walk/Run at 0930 on the Dike along the Columbia River (5K/3.11 miles)

1K--Children's Heroes' Out and Back at 0945 (0.62 mile out & back walk/run)...

for children 9 and younger (no charge)

No K--Join our "Virtual Team" and get lots of pledges

then cheer us on from along the course or even from your own home!

BackaHero.Today is all about supporting local heroes.  Heroes' who silently give 24/7 on-duty, doing their job, taking care of-serving-protecting the rest of us.  The Heroes' Challenge held in the early morning hours of our nation's Independence Day does  just that... a fundraising "thank you" to those past and present soldiers and their families who sacrifice so the rest of us can live free.  But freedom is not free. Freedom comes on the backs of Heroes. And it takes a toll on those who serve and those who love them. Take the Heroes' Challenge by registering today and then getting pledges so you can back a Hero and proudly wear... your dog tag. 


that is how much money BackaHero.Today has raised thus far! 

BackaHero.Today donated $901 in 2015, $2038 in 2016, and $2100 in 2017, and $5200 in 2018 to Point Man Ministries. We are excited to partner with Point Man Ministries to not only support local military members and their families, but also to be able to help support other vital programs, such as the Veterans Village, a village of micro homes currently being built to support women vets (with children) who are experiencing homelessness in the Vancouver/SW Washington area, and several hunting and fishing trips with Heroes.

To have the backs of Heroes we need you!  The goal of BackaHero.Today is to provide the highest quality race experience we can for each and every Challenger.  In 2016 we brought on Scovel Racing to provide "chip-timing" for all event Challengers. We also added an extra hill to The Heroes' Challenge Run to stretch it out to a half-marathon.   In 2017 we added a Track Walk for those that want a smooth flat walk that is NOT timed, as well as a "Virtual Team" for those that want to skip the exercise and go directly to getting pledges and raising money for Heroes.  In 2018 we made the event more accessible by moving the Heroes' Challenge in to downtown Washougal, and replaced the 30-mile Bike Race with a Children's event and add a Finishers' Beer Garden. In 2019 we have added a sports t-shirt with each paid registration, a Raffle! and expanded the RTB (Return to Base) brunch to a BBQ and invited the general public to join us for a Patriots' BBQ and Concert with tickets available for $10 a person (or free is you register to run/walk/virtual).

Please give your time, energy, and treasure to support a great cause... helping soldiers and their families rebuild after sacrificing for us, our country, and defending Liberty around the world. They gave for us... today lets give to them.  Register today to Run, Walk, or join our "Virtual Team" and then get pledges and truly BackaHero.Today

  • Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)3:15



 Click on our t-shirt icon above to see KATU's news video of the first Annual

"The Heroes' Challenge" in 2015

Show your support for Heroes!

BackaHero.Today now has official head gear! We are offering a custom embroidered hats. So click on "Register to Race" at the top of this web page and order your limited edition baseball cap now!

The Heroes' Challenge Race & Fundraiser

Enlist Today!


Heroes "Right Now" Raffle  

there are times when everyone needs help

"Right Now"

the Heroes' come, they have our back,

and we are not alone anymore

Will you become a hero

for our Heroes?

1,000 tickets--$5 each--You helping Heroes Chance to win...

a dinner & night for 2 at Skamania Lodge

or Pendleton's "Grateful Nation" Wool Blanket 

Raffle tickets sold day of 8am-1:30pm

Need not be present to win 

 The Heroes' Challenge Run is every 4th of July

a local non-profit dedicated to supporting Heroes in our community

Local News Station KATU Channel 2 coverage of The Heores' Challenge, July 4, 2016