2023 Veterans Flag Run




10th Anniversary Desert Fanatics Veterans Flag Run AND UTV Show & Shine!

"What is the Veterans Flag Run?"
It's a convoy of vehicles with American flags to show support for our Veterans. Anyone is allowed to join as long as it's a street legal vehicle. Just show up with a $5 bill to donate for registration per vehicle. We do have a few rules:

  • -This is NOT a political rally, and NO political signs or flags are to be displayed.

  • -USA, STATE, DOD, BRANCH/UNIT, POW/MIA, GADSDEN flags are the ONLY allowed flags. No political flags, funny flags, sports team flags, etc.

  • -This event has been and always will be centered around supporting our Veterans without making it political, and we welcome all to join us. Thank you for understanding and helping us grow this more than we ever imagined!

  • -We ask that you please don't tailgate grill during the event. We provide food vendors and a portion of their proceeds also benefit the charity.

But that's not all the event is! We get lots of awesome raffle items from our sponsors ranging from offroad parts to pellet smokers, there's something for everyone. We also have vendors come out, food, a bouncy house for the kids, and more. We also have a live performance this year by Jason DeVore of Authority Zero.

"What is the route?"
Ladies and gentlemen, here is the 2023 Veterans Flag Run route! As promised, we got everyone off the highway! It's about 6 1/2 miles and will take approx 25 minutes to complete. This allows for more vehicles to participate such as UTVs, is much safer to run, and gives people the opportunity to be spectators of this wonderful event. It will start at Desert Diamond Arena Blue Lot, head out east towards Desert Mirage golf course and around, up to Ocotillo Rd to 79th Ave, down to Bethany/Cardinals West, with a detour through the Heroes Regional Park and continue West to 95th Ave for a run by State Farm Stadium and back to Desert Diamond Arena. Huge thanks to Sports Car Escorts for stepping up and to Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers for the support and helping with this change to our event.



"Who does the money go to?"
This event has had a different charity benefit from the proceeds every year since it's inception. This year we started our own charity, Drop Zone Foundation in order to further grow our ability to help Veterans. Please keep in mind that the charity is new and we're still working on getting content created such as the website and marketing materials.

"When and where is it?"
Saturday November 4th, 2023 @ Desert Diamond Arena (Blue Lot) Google Maps Link

"What is the schedule?"

  • -7-8am - Registration

  • -8:00am - National Anthem

  • -8:30am - Flag Run 

  • -10am - Music (Jason DeVore), Vendors, Food, UTV Show & Shine

  • -12:30pm UTV Awards

  • -1:30 Raffles

-UTV's may check in any time between 7am and 10am so you may participate in the flag run

"How does the raffle work?"
When you come back from the run, we'll have all the raffle items out on display for you. Raffle tickets will be purchased at the charity's booth for $5 and you will be able to enter for the item you want to win. There's no limit on the amount of items you can win, though you MUST be present to win!

Please see links below to sponsor, become a vendor, and join the facebook event.




Email kyle@desertfanatics.com for Sponsorship or other inquiries

Get the DF recommended flag for your vehicle:


 In 2014 we wanted to put on a show of appreciation for our Veterans by organizing a convoy of vehicles displaying the US Flag. Well the event gained so much attention we had to find a location able to accommodate, and decided to take donations. We raised $1000 for the Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund with ~100 vehicles participating and a few small raffle items.

 The participation and support has grown further than we ever expected and now we're averaging ~$20k in donations for a different charity every year since 2018, even through the pandemic. The inclusion of a "group contest" in 2018 has been a huge part of that. We ask local car/truck/bike/whatever groups and clubs to donate as a team a few weeks leading up to the event. The winning groups have received prizes, their own designated parking, and lead in the convoy. The event includes ever changing entertainment such as bands, speakers, games, vendors, and awesome local foods. No matter how big or small the support, we want to grow this beyond our imaginations and to give back and thanks to our Veteran community. Now as of 2023 we have our own 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, Drop Zone Foundation. With growth comes many obstacles, and we felt this was the next logical step in overcoming those obstacles and allow us to grow not only the Veterans Flag Run, but our ability to help others altogether. More events, more fundraisers, more outreach.



Previous recipients:


2014 - Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund

2015 - Veterans 4 Veterans

2016 - Race for the Wounded

2017 - Service Dog Fund

2018 - Race to Erase 22

2019 - Vetdrenaline

2020 - Heroes Rising Outdoors

2021 - Soldier's Best Friend

2022 - Operation Enduring Gratitude

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