Doylestown, PA (PRWEB) August 29, 2013
During the month of September, the Travis Manion Foundation will host a series of 5K races to unite communities with the goal of never forgetting the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and in the wars since. In its sixth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run will take place in 53 different cities throughout the United States and overseas. The largest races in the U.S. include Doylestown, San Diego, Virginia Beach and Houston.
The 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion while serving in Iraq. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with 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 at 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. This year is our largest number of races, and we’re looking forward to uniting people around the world to remember those whose service has given us freedom.”
Last year over, 25,000 runners participated in the various races, and the Travis Manion Foundation raised over $500,000, which was invested into the local race communities to support veterans, first responders and their families. National sponsors of the events include One Team One Fight, Comcast NBC Universal, JWT and West Pharmaceutical Services.
To learn more and to register for a race, visit http://www.911heroesrun.org.
About Travis Manion Foundation
Headquartered in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Travis Manion Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created in 2007 by the Manion family after 1st Lt. Travis Manion was killed in Fallujah, Iraq as he drew enemy fire away from his wounded comrades. The Foundation’s mission is to assist the nation’s veterans and the families of fallen heroes. The Travis Manion Foundation is committed to honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Its goal is to foster strength of mind and body to create a generation of future leaders through the “If Not Me, Then Who…” Movement. The movement serves as a catalyst for activating selfless service based on the example provided us by our Fallen Heroes.
Brittany Kenworthy, Marketing and Communications Manager at Travis Manion Foundation
Brittany(at)travismanion(dot)org / (215) 622-2315