The Battleship 12K, a patriotic run to honor those who have served, was started in 2015 as a way to pay tribute to those heroes who defend our freedom. Many Veterans have not received the heroes welcome that those returning from WWII received and it was with this in mind the event was created. Whether someone deployed to combat or only served a brief time, every man and woman who has put on the uniform to keep our Country free deserves to be thanked.

From the patriotic opening ceremonies & National Anthem to the spirit on the course, and finishing at Battleship Memorial Park next to the USS Alabama runners and walkers will experience a sense of patriotism rarely felt at an event. Upon entering the park for the homestretch runners are greeted with children handing them small American flags to finish their 12K (7.65 miles) journey. Civilians, Active Military, and Veterans can be heard cheering on finishers while “Thank you for your service” echoes around the finish line.
Starting with the United States Navy in 2017, the race picked a specific branch of the service to honor each year. In 2018 the US Air Force was honored on the shirt, the Challenge Coin (presented to runners who participated in the prior year), and on the stunning B12K Finisher Medal of the C-130 Angel of Death.
This year we salute the United States Marine Corps. Working in collaboration with the Race Director of the Marine Corps Marathon, this year’s medal promises to be one that can’t be missed! We look forward to seeing you at the Starting Line for the 5th Annual Battleship 12K.
Mike Wattigny
Event Director
United States Army