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Heroes Honored at Ellington Airport 5K Run

9-11 event pays tribute to both military and civilian heroes

August 17, 2011

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  First Lieutenant Travis Manion is the inspiration behind the 9-11 Heroes Run.

The Houston Airport System is proud to support a 5K run Sunday, September 11 at Ellington Airport. The event honors those heroes who serve our country wearing a variety of different uniforms.

The event is called the 9-11 Heroes Run and it is the culmination of joint efforts between the Houston Airport System, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Fire Department and the Houston Police Department. 

Pre-race ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., with the run starting at 9:03 a.m. Organizers of the event say the primary goal is to pay tribute to the thousands who were killed that day, the millions of men and women who have helped keep America safe in the ten years that have followed the 9-11 attacks, a group that includes military personnel, police officers and firefighters.

“We are proud to be involved with this terrific event,” says Ellington general manager Brian Rinehart. “Ellington Airport already has a strong working relationship with the U.S. military and the Houston Police and Fire Departments, so it makes perfect sense for us to be involved.”

Entry into the 5K run is $25 per person. Organizers say the goal is to raise at least $5,000. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships and community service projects that benefit wounded and disabled veterans and family members of fallen U.S. service members.

“No moment is without some pain,” says Janet Manion, whose son was killed in Iraq while serving in the United States Marine Corps. “But with the support of family and friends and all the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much, our freedom will live on.”

First Lieutenant Travis Manion was just 26 years-old when he was shot and killed by a sniper while on his second tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since his death, his family and friends have started the Travis Manion Foundation, the driving force behind the 9-11 Heroes Run events being held in Iraq, Afghanistan and 16 states across the U.S.

“To see so many great Americans step up and support our men and women in uniform, for us it’s an inspiration,” says Colonel Tom Manion, Travis’ father. “It’s certainly what keeps us going.”

For more information, please visit

To view a video from the Travis Manion Foundation, Click Here.

To register for the event, Click Here.

To view a copy of the route map, Click Here.

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