'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.'
Detroit, Mich. (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
The Travis Manion Foundation will host the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K in Saginaw on Sept. 6 and Rochester Hills on Sept. 7. The races will unite the communities to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and the wars fought since. This year’s races were organized by Leif Briggs-Lind and Elizabeth Witten, who serve as the local volunteer race directors.
A portion of the proceeds from the 9/11 Heroes Run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which provides unique opportunities to veterans and families of fallen heroes to help accomplish their personal and professional goals. The Travis Manion Foundation also partners with nonprofit organizations in the communities where races are held to directly assist local service members, veterans, first responders and their families. The Saginaw race location will donate a portion of their race proceeds to the local chapter of Team Red, White & Blue.
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 his battalion. 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. In its seventh year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across U.S. and abroad.
“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 races around the world and the Travis Manion Foundation invested nearly $240,000 back into the local race communities to support military, veterans, first responders and their families. This year’s national sponsors of the events include Comcast NBC Universal, JWT, and 31 Heroes. Race series sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, Raytheon, Streamlight, Team Jesse Foundation, and Planetside 2. To learn more and to register for a race, visit http://www.911heroesrun.org.
About Travis Manion Foundation
The Travis Manion Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to assisting 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. To learn more, visit http://www.TravisManion.org.