VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Travis Manion Foundation Foundation will host a 5K race in Virginia Beach to unite the community to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and in the wars since.
The Virginia Beach 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on September 7 at 9a.m. There will also be a family - friendly 1M fun run/walk.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which offers veterans and families of the fallen uni que opportunities to help them take the next step in their journeys and accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Proceeds also will go to support Virginia Beach-based Vigilant Watch, which provides support to first responders, active duty or retired, and their immediate families, who have suffered a hardship based on injury, illness or catastrophic event, and in need of financial or physical support.
In its seventh year, the 9/11 Heroes Run will put on a series of races in more than 50 locations across the U.S. and abroad. It was inspired by Marine 1 st 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 pas sion about why he was fighting in Iraq.
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.
To learn more and to register for a race, visit the 911 Heroes Run Website.