Alexandria, VA – Tie your running shoes and join members of our community for the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K and 1 mile fun run. The event will be hosted by the Travis Manion Foundation on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School.
The 9/11 Heroes run is now in its 12 year, and will unite runners, walkers, and ruckers to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities. The race series will be held in over 90 locations around the world and is expected to draw over 60,000 participants.
Twelve years ago, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who is the inspiration for the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k series, was killed by an enemy sniper while in deployment in Iraq. Manion selflessly pulled his wounded teammates to safety, putting others before himself. His legacy lives on today in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If not me, then who…”.
“During this time of unprecedented division in our country, I am inspired to see so many communities across the country and around the world put their differences aside to unite in honor of all those touched by the events of September 11th, 2001.” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “We challenge all Americans to join us this September, to ensure our future generations never forget the sacrifices of our veterans, active-duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”
In addition, the Alexandria race will host the Veterans and Athletes United Fall Heroes Memorial. The memorial is a 28 foot wide American flag made entirely out of dog tags of fall service members. According to the VAU, the design of the flag was inspired by the shape of the American flag when draped over a fallen service member’s casket.
Registration is now open online until Sept 13 and onsite registration will be available on race day.