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9/11 Heroes Run set in Doylestown

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The Travis Manion Foundation will host the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run throughout the tri-state region.

The race series will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor veterans, military and first responders who serve the country and their communities.

Now in its 12th year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world. Registration is now open for participants to run, walk, or ruck, and the race series is expected to draw over 60,000 participants worldwide.

In Doylestown, the race takes place at War Memorial Stadium at Central Bucks High School West, Sunday, Sept. 29. The opening ceremony is at 1 p.m.; the race begins at 2 p.m.

Doylestown is the flagship race location, as the very first 9/11 Heroes Run took place here 12 years ago. Close to 3,000 participants are expected to attend the Doylestown 9/11 Heroes Run this year.

The location will also host the VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial, a 28-foot-wide American flag made entirely of dog tags of fallen service members. According to Veterans and Athletes United (VAU), the memorial was created to raise awareness of the sacrifices paid by the nation’s heroes, and it is designed in the shape of the American flag when draped over a fallen service member’s casket.

This memorial is especially significant to this location because Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, the namesake of the foundation, was from Doylestown.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Manion, who was killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he pulled his wounded teammates to safety. Before his final deployment, he visited Rescue One in New York City – which lost almost all of its men on 9/11 – and returned home with a deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq.

For information or to register, visit 911heroesrun.org.

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