Lafayette, California (EastBayDaily) — The Travis Manion Foundation will host the Lafayette 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race on Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lafayette Reservoir. The third annual race will unite the community to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and the wars fought since. This year’s race was organized by Mairin MacDonald, who serves as the local volunteer race director.
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 them accomplish their personal and professional goals.
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 to 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.