The 9/11 Heroes Run, a great Houston tradition, will be Sept. 8, raise funds for many in uniform

Tom Kennedy

Houston is honored once again to host the 9/11 Heroes Run, which will be held at Houston City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8. The opening ceremonies commence at 7:30 a.m.

This will be the 8th year that Houston has hosted this national venue, which honors the victims of 9/11 and the wars since.  The origins of this national patriotic event are named after Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq on April 29, 2007. Lt. Manion was in the process of aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades.

Race Director Greg Fremin (HPD Retired) said, “Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice that day so that others could live and, from this, the Travis Manion Foundation was created so that his legacy of character and service to others could continue.”

Fremin said 50 percent of all proceeds from this race will come directly back to Houston and benefit the Assist the Officer Foundation, Operation Lone Star and the Houston Professional Firefighters Local 341, all of which help our men and women in uniform.

Although this is a 5K race, it is also a large scale community event where numerous static displays, booths, food and beverages, music and patriotism are abounding.

Thousands are expected to attend. Those wanting to register or learn more, go to www.911heroesrun.org .