911 Heroes Run Downtown - Register
Madisonville will once again host the Annual 9/11 Heroes Run to honor the heroes of the September 11th attacks. Registration is now open for the 5k race and one-mile fun run/walk that will take place on Saturday, September 6th. The Opening Ceremony begins at 7:30 PM at the Hopkins County Justice Center and the race will start at 8 PM at the corner of East Center and Franklin Streets.
"In only it's second year in Madisonville, we hope the 9/11 Heroes Run becomes a long-standing tradition for our community to honor our fallen heroes, and we are looking forward to hosting it downtown again this year," said race director, Kelly Forbes. "All are welcome to participate in the 5k or one-mile, no matter your level of running ability, and we encourage you to grab a friend or your family and register today." Proceeds from registration fees go to the Travis Manion Foundation and the Patrick Rudd Project.
Before leaving for his final deployment, 1st Lt. Travis Manion visited Rescue Team One in New York City following the September 11th attacks and returned home passionate about why he was fighting for his country. On April 29, 2007, Manion was killed by an enemy sniper in Fallujah, Iraq while trying to rescue several wounded Marines. Inspired by Manion's visit with New York City firefighters, the 9/11 Heroes Run started as a small town event in suburban Philadelphia to honor all U.S. military members and first responders. The race has now grown to more than 55 cities in the U.S. and various military installations around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, Italy, England and a missle destroyer in the Pacific Ocean.
Madisonville enjoyed record numbers for last year's first-time event and looks forward to surpassing 2013's participation totals.
A substantial portion of the proceeds raised support Hopkins County first responders through Everyday Heroes mini grants provided by the Patrick Rudd Project. Remaining proceeds will support Travis Manion Foundation Challenge Grants, which provide veterans and families of fallen service members with support through service-based team building events that foster camaraderie and facilitate successful life transitions, and the Character Does Matter program.
For more information, or to register, please visit www.911heroesrun.org and click on the Madisonville, Kentucky race.