Red Ribbon Week

A National Awareness Program

Launched in 1985 by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week is the country's most established and extensive drug prevention campaign. The program was inspired by the tragic death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who was brutally tortured and murdered while investigating drug traffickers in Mexico. In honor of his sacrifice, people began to wear red ribbons, which has since become a symbol of drug prevention. Nowadays, millions of individuals worldwide participate in the yearly Red Ribbon Week celebration by wearing red ribbons, attending anti-drug events, and pledging to live healthy, drug-free lifestyles. 


Celebrate Red Ribbon Week 


DDR Dash 5K

To assist in amplifying the mission of Red Ribbon Week and prevention across the country, the DDR Dash 5K commemorates the sacrifice of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena and honors the efforts of the DEA as well as law enforcement personnel nationwide that strive to keep the tide of harmful drugs from affecting our citizens. Young Marines units run at various times throughout the morning of the third Saturday of October with target start times of 0800 in each time zone. It is a widespread event with participation from Young Marines, Adult Volunteers affiliated with our program, and the communities that we impact.  Every year has proven to become bigger and better than the last.  Check out our interactive DDR Dash map below to locate a race near you!

Since 2017, we’ve launched our Headquarters DDR Dash to kick off Red Ribbon Week at the National Museum of the Marines Corps. Runners enjoy a scenic and picturesque route through the museum's beautiful grounds. Join us to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and demonstrate your commitment to leading a healthy and drug-free life.


Red Cord

The Red Cord bracelets are proudly made in the USA by the Young Marines out of Red 550 paracord. Help support the Young Marines by wearing a Red Cord bracelet. Find a local unit near you to get a bracelet or watch the video below to learn how to make your own at home. 




Strengthening the lives of America's youth
A national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Headquarters Young Marines
17739 Main Street, Suite 250
Dumfries, VA 22026

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