The City of Murfreesboro recently announced in a press release that its annual 9/11 Heroes Run will be combined this year with The City Schools Foundation’s Back to School Dash on September 10.
Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-kindergarten through 6th-grade students through parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math, and other programs, according to the press release. Meanwhile, funds raised by the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run honors the service and sacrifice of first responders and military heroes, and supports programs and initiatives which ensure that veterans, military families of the fallen, and their communities prosper.
“The 9/11 Travis Manion race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others,” the press release states. “The 9/11 Heroes Run also acknowledges the hard work of all our nation’s frontline workers including teachers, first responders, and healthcare workers.”
Race Day will feature a 5K run, 5K RUCK and one-mile fun run/walk. The race will begin and end at Civic Plaza in downtown Murfreesboro with an 8 a.m. start time, according to the press release. The 5K RUCK race involves “moving with weight on your back and combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity.”
“Things are definitely looking extraordinary this year,” Foundation Vice Chair and Race Committee Member Dr. Joe Faiz said in a statement. “The student’s needs and our Foundation’s goals haven’t changed. However, our Foundation Board agreed that partnering with the Travis Manion Foundation is an absolute win/win.”
For more information and to register for race day, please visit https://911heroesrunmurfreesborotn.itsyourrace.com/register/
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Firefighters Commemorate the Anniversary of 9/11” by U.S. Embassy.