Dozens participated in the Honoring Heroes Memorial 5K/10K on the Bangor Waterfront Sunday morning.
Proceeds from the run support the Gold Star Family Memorial that's currently in the works in Augusta.
Organizers say Bangor is the perfect location for the run, to unite Gold Star Families and military members from across the state.
"We just feel this is the right place for this," said Jonathan Kelley, director of CompetitorME. "So yeah, we're raising funds for something in Augusta, but we're looking at this project, the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial as one that will be taken throughout the state so each area of the state can embrace it and fully support it."
The emotional event included a tribute to those who risked and ultimately gave their lives to protect our country.
Krissy Martin of Bangor ran to honor her nephew Private First Class Tyler Springmann, who was killed in Afghanistan seven years ago.
For Gold Star Family members like Martin, seeing people come out to a run like this means the world.
"It gives me hope that these memories are going to be lasting forever," said Martin. "There's always one event going on somewhere, and if you can take an hour or two hours of your time to come and learn about a fallen soldier, that's all that we all ask, just to keep our loved ones' memories going, that's our goal."