Run for the Troops MA, D.B.A. Run for the Troops 5K, is a tax exempt 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation located  in  Andover, MA. This organization was initially formed to help Homes For Our Troops build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans.

Each year, we hold a 5K Walk/Run and a community Dinner & Silent Auction to honor our veterans. In addition to funds these events raise awareness of the needs of our soldiers.  The public often forgets the hard human cost for a few to maintain freedom for us all. 

In addition to raising funds to benefit Homes For Our Troops, our mission has expanded to support veteran services provided by Ironstone Farmand Homeland Heroes Foundation.

We are grateful for the support from our community, generous race and dinner sponsorship and silent auction donors.  Thank you to all who have helped support our mission and brought us to this – our 10th year. 

This year, Homes For Our Troops will be honoring Sgt. Brandon Korona who will be choosing his HFOT home in Derry, New Hampshire.

In 2013, Sergeant Korona went on his first deployment to Afghanistan as a combat engineer with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. On June 23, 2013, he was on a route clearance mission with his unit when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The explosion knocked Brandon unconscious, breaking his right ankle and every bone below his left knee.

After years of recovery at Walter Reed and his home, Brandon made the difficult decision to amputate his lower left leg.

Today, he plays on the Wounded Warrior football team and has advanced in his career and earned a master’s degree.

A new specially adapted custom home will give Brandon the opportunity to live his life comfortably with wife Chelsea and their child Theo, born in March 2021.

Brandon feels there is no way to thank the HFOT donors and supporters for what they have done for his fellow brothers and sisters in arms. “I am so grateful for the support I have had past and present. I am living my life for more than just myself; I live my life with meaning.”supporters of our veterans.

I needed to run for a Boston Marathon’s charity program since it was nearly impossible to continue to qualify. Since Homes for our Troops could provide me with a number if I raised enough for them because they were an official beneficiary.

The idea of a fun run and pancake breakfast seemed like a good way to raise money.

The events were very successful in raising the required amount.

So after discussing the event with several people about the idea of continuing of raising money and awareness for Homes for our Troops, Run for the Troops 5K was created.

Since many members my family are l veterans I decided to dedicated the event to them. My mother is a Marine and my father served 30 years in the Navy. Other members that served are Scott Larson and Glen Pennington, Charles Pennington, Craig Pennington, and Hank Jorgensen.

My desire to continue to honor our veterans and support them is fueled by the knowledge of the sacrifices of my family and all of our veterans.

I am also blessed that so many people have come forward to serve on the Run for the Troops committee without each and everyone of them, along with all of you that attend our events this event would not be successful.

Thank you

Bill Pennington

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Your entry fees and support from our sponsors allow us to run our great events and support our beneficiaries and all the great work they do for veterans.

Homeland Heroes Foundation

The Homeland Heroes Foundation is committed to the re-acclimation support of active duty service members, veterans and their families in their time of need. HHF provides support in the following ways; Furniture and Household items, New Beds, Temporary hotel stays for homeless veterans, Food and Gas Cards, Holiday Food Baskets, Christmas Toy Drive and so much more. Please stand with us to support our most deserving veterans.

Ironstone Farm

Employing horses in a working farm environment, Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The two primary programs are Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Therapy – both using the horse’s unique ability to enhance a person’s movements and touch a person’s heart, inspiring strength, hope and encouragement.

Teams can fundraise to support Homes For Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

Please make donation checks payable to :
Run for the Troops 5K

Send to:
Run for the Troops 5K
9 Burlington Street
Lawrence MA 01843

Race Director
Bill Pennington

Dinner Coordinator
Monique Johnson

Team Coordinator
Jim Spaziano