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August 30, 2018

SVSU to host Heroes Run to benefit local veterans' foundation

Saginaw Valley State University is hosting its annual 9/11 Heroes Run to benefit the Bay Veterans Foundation as its local charity recipient.                   

The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will consist of both a 5K and a 400M "fun run" for children.

The fun run will begin at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony to follow at 6:10 p.m. The 5K run starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the 5K is $30 per person. Participants who are active in the military or members of a first responder agency can receive a discount on their registration.

Participants can also register for the GORUCK division of the race. Rucking is when the participants wear a weighted bag on their back during the 5K.

The run will begin in the parking lot of SVSU's Gilbertson Hall. The course will continue along the paved campus running trail.

The Bay Veterans Foundation was formed in 2015. During the past three years, the foundation has constructed a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Bay City's Battery Park and is currently working on funding a building where local veterans can gather to socialize, reflect and participate in various activities.

SVSU's 9/11 Heroes Run will also support The Travis Manion Foundation, the national nonprofit that has organized the annual fundraiser at locations across the world since 2007. The foundation works to empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

The Kochville and Saginaw Township fire departments are both supporting the run this year, along with the Michigan State Police.

There will also be several SVSU campus offices and organizations supporting this year's annual run, including Admissions, Campus Recreation, the Cardinal Marching Band, Military Student Affairs, Student Life and University Communications.

Those interested in participating in the SVSU 5K run can register online at www.svsu.edu/heroesrun until Sept. 10 at midnight, or sign up at the site of the race beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 11.