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Manion Foundation hosting Heroes 5K virtual race

The Travis Manion Foundation will host its 13th annual 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race Series.

Typically held in more than 90 locations across the country and around the world, this year’s race series will have a much bigger focus on the opportunity for runners to participate.

The race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor the veterans, military and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others.

This year, following state and local safety guidelines, the race will take place virtually, and the public is invited to register individually.

The virtual runner option allows participants to choose their own date, time and location where they can run, walk or ruck the 5K at their own pace.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly pulled wounded teammates to safety.

Before his final deployment, Manion visited Rescue One in New York City - famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11 - and returned home with a deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq.

At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day.

The 9/11 Heroes Run will also acknowledge the hard work of all of this nation’s front line health care workers, who especially this year, have continued to serve selflessly and valiantly during a time of uncertainty against an invisible enemy.

For the 2020 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has again partnered with GORUCK for a ruck division of 9/11 Heroes Run.

Rucking is moving with weight on the runner’s back and is the foundation of Special Forces training.

It combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity for those who hate to run or find it boring.

Travis Manion Foundation’s 9/11 Heroes Run has Comcast NBCUniversal as a national sponsor.

For more information about the race series or to register, go to 911heroesrun.org.