TEMPE, AZ - Thousands of participants are expected at the first annual 9/11 Heroes Run this September in Tempe.
The Travis Manion Foundation is hosting the event to honor those who gave their lives on 9/11 and since.
Warm-ups and patriotic pre-start ceremonies start at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.
All proceeds will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation and the 100 Club of Arizona equally.
The Travis Manion Foundation is committed to honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Its goal is to ensure the love of country and spirit of service that is exemplified by this generation of fallen heroes.
Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, an active duty F-16C+ fighter pilot and Planet Fitness owner, brought the 9/11 Heroes Run to the Valley because "the Travis Manion Foundation and 100 Club represent the best of America. Their commitment to our fallen heroes and their families is awe inspiring."
The foundation was created in 2007 after the combat death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, in Fallujah, Iraq.
To learn more or to register for the race, visit
www.travismanion.org, visit your local Planet Fitness, or simply show up for day-of race registration onsite.