12th Anniversary of 9/11/01 - Patriots Unite Across the Globe “To Thank and Honor Those who Serve Our Country”
Olathe, KS, August 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer to Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.
For the11th year in a row, the Patriots’ Run (PatriotsRun.org) will have runners participating from both the US and abroad. Troops in Afghanistan will again swap their boots for running shoes showing a United Front against Terrorism while local runners will participate in a 9 hour and 11 minute run at the Great Mall of the Great Plains starting at noon on 9/11.
What began as a commemorative community run has grown into a national event drawing runners from across America and other nations. In 2012, 369 runners from across America and even Brazil came to Olathe to participate in the Patriots' Run.
In Afghanistan, the 2012 Patriots’ Run was yet another unmitigated success in both Bagram AFB and Camp Eggers where over 1000 proud members of our military participated oftentimes after coming in from serving on duty all day. These brave men and women donned their running shoes and ran – in the sand, on black-top, and even on treadmills - to honor the fallen. However, they do not run on 9/11 – as it is too great a risk for insurgents to mount an attack. In many of the past events the enemy has shelled the course.
In Olathe, KS, the course is a one-mile loop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, located at 20700 West 151st Street. This is just West of Highway I-35 and 151st St. On this flat course with aid every mile it is an event for runners of all ages and skill levels.
Supporting the Patriots Run
Once again this year Walmart is hosting "Hotdogs for Hero’s" at various locations throughout the KC Metro Area. Garmin, Planet Sub, Papa John’s, Aldi and Dunkin Doughnuts will be on site assisting with the food and support for the run as well. It takes a lot of people to make an event of this magnitude successful! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-339-6767.
USA Schedule for the Event
The Olathe event begins at noon and continues until 9:11 PM. Participants are welcome to register for the event either solo or as part of a team and may complete the entire time or just a portion of it. The flexibility is there to let them design their own event--anything from a lap or 2 to an ultra-run. They can also opt for the certified marathon. The Patriots' Run is the only event of this type in the world.
For 2013 the planned races are:
Casual run/walk--Start at any time you wish and run as many 1 mile loops as you wish. This event is not timed or scored.
Half Marathon--Noon start only. Gun start, chip timed.
Marathon--Noon start only. Gun start, chip timed.
Ultra--Anything over a marathon. You can start at any time you wish. Chip timed.
5K--Starts at 6:30 PM. Gun start, chip timed.
Teams--For a team of up to 10 members. Start at any time you wish. Chip is relayed from runner to runner.
Race Walkers--Start at any time you wish and run as many laps as you wish. Chip timed.
Wheelchairs--Start at any time you wish and complete as many laps as you wish. Chip timed.
Lawn chairs are welcome. Spectators can bring family and friends and have them cheer for their favorite runner. This is one of the few such events where they can watch the entire run. Music will be provided all day by BJ the DJ and a live performance featuring Last Chance Flight begins at 6pm.
Runners ranging in age across America are already signed up. Proceeds from the event are donated to The Salvation Army of Olathe. Patriots Run Club is a 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
The web site www.patriotsrun.org has additional information.
Tony Drew 913-339-6767