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Heroes Run Returning to Ellington

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August 31, 2012

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  Family members of First Lieutentant Travis Manion are the driving force behind the 9-11 Heroes Run.
The Houston Airport System is proud to support a 5K run Saturday, September 8 at Ellington Airport. The 9-11 Heroes Run honors those heroes who serve our country wearing a variety of different uniforms.

The event 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 8:00 a.m., with the run starting at 8:35 a.m.

Organizers of the event say the primary goal is to pay tribute to the thousands who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the millions of men and women who have helped keep America safe in the years that have followed, a group that includes military personnel, police officers and firefighters.

“This is definitely one of the more anticipated events occurring at Ellington Airport,” says airport general manager Brian Rinehart. “It’s a great deal of fun for the participants but more importantly, it’s also a chance for us to offer up a collective thank you to all the men and women who protect us on a daily basis.”

Entry into the 5K run is $30 for an individual and $100 for a family of four. Organizers say the goal is to raise at least $15,000. 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 21 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, or to register for the event, Click Here.

To view a video of the 2011 9-11 Heroes Run Click Here.
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