Saginaw Valley State University will host its 2nd annual 9/11 Heroes Run Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. SVSU will partner both with The Travis Manion Foundation and with Team Red, White and Blue to host the event that pays respects to the military, veterans and first responders that have served and continue to serve.
A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit The Travis Manion Foundation, an organization - founded by the mother of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, a Marine who died while serving in Iraq - that assists military veterans and families of the fallen. Proceeds also will benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization that brings veterans and supporters of veterans together through physical fitness.
Along with the 1 p.m. event, the 9/11 Heroes Run will include a family-friendly 400-meter "fun run" for kids with SVSU's mascot, Coop the Cardinal, at 12:30 p.m.
The first 250 people to register for the event will receive a free ticket to that day's SVSU home football game vs. Indianapolis at 7 p.m.
Last year's event at SVSU attracted over 350 runners. In addition to the $2,500 the university donated to The Travis Manion Foundation, a second $2,500 donation was donated to the 100 Club of Saginaw, which provides funds to first responders killed in the line of duty.
Worldwide, more than 30,000 people participated in similar 9/11 Heroes Run events in 2013. The Travis Manion Foundation nationally earned $240,000 in proceeds from the events.
Registration this year is available online by going to www.911heroesrun.org and choosing the "University Center" location. The registration cost is $25, which includes a guaranteed T-shirt to those who sign up on or before Sunday, Aug. 31.
For more information, please email email@example.com, visit www.facebook/com/911heroesrunsaginaw/ or call Ted Lind, SVSU assistant director of advising, at (989) 415-1948.