(The following is a press release)
The Travis Manion Foundation will host the Orange County & Agoura Hills 9/11 Heroes Run 5K races on Sept. 7 to unite the communities remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and the wars fought since. This year’s races were organized by Jimi Letchford and Kathleen Carson, 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 offers unique opportunities to veterans and families of the fallen to help them accomplish their personal and professional goals. The other portion of the proceeds will remain in the local communities to support the Fallen Firefighter Relief Fund and the Orange County Professional Firefighters, as well as For the Troops Team Red, White and 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 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, visithttp://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.