Alexandria, VA, September 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Alexandria-Mt. Vernon-Fort Hunt Communities in Conjunction With The Travis Manion Foundation to Host 1st Annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Alexandria, VA Sept. 12.
On Sept 12, the Alexandria-Mt. Vernon-Fort Hunt communities in conjunction with Travis Manion Foundation will host a 5K run/walk in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria to unite the communities to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and in the wars since. Now in its seventh year, the TMF 9/11 Heroes Run Race Series occurs in more than 50 locations across the U.S. and abroad.
The Alexandria 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race will take place at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8248 Fort Hunt Rd., 22308, on Saturday, Sept 12 at 9am (Opening ceremonies including marching on the colors, national anthem and speeches by several key dignitaries begin at 8:30am).
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which offers veterans and families of the fallen unique opportunities to help them take the next step in their journeys and accomplish their personal and professional goals, and the Fort Belvoir Fisher House. The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low-cost housing to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
The 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected members of his team during an ambush. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing a significant number of firefighters on 9/11—and returned home with a deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to Travis' personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day.
"Knowing that so many people gave their lives during the 9/11 attacks touched my brother Travis in a way that would forever change him,” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “Six years after 9/11, my brother also gave his life for his country, so every year we gather communities together to run a 5K to honor the fallen. We are looking forward to this exciting race season and uniting people around the world to remember those whose service has given us freedom.”
Last year, more than 30,000 people participated in runs around the world. The Travis Manion Foundation invested nearly $240,000 back into the local race communities to support military, veterans, first responders and their families.
A pancake breakfast will be provided by IHOP immediately following the run.
To learn more and to register for a race, visit www.911heroesrun.org
About Travis Manion Foundation
The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is a qualified 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to empowering our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. TMF engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their personal and professional goals. TMF believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. TMF challenges veterans and survivors to lead the “If Not Me, Then Who…” movement and inspire others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes.
What: 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1M Fun Run, to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation
Where: Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8248 Fort Hunt Rd., 22308
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 at 9am. (Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30am)
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