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September 9, 2019

SVSU to host 9/11 Heroes Run to benefit national foundation

Heroes Run

UPDATE: Due to the threat of severe weather, the Heroes Run will be postponed this evening, including the remembrance ceremony. The event is reschedule for this Saturday at 10 a.m.  Follow updates at


Saginaw Valley State University is hosting its annual 9/11 Heroes Run on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to benefit The Travis Manion Foundation.


The event will consist of a 5K run/walk and a 400-meter "fun run" for children. The 5K run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of SVSU's Gilbertson Hall. The course will continue along the paved campus running trail.


Registration for the 5K is $30 if registering before Monday, Sept. 9, or $35 between then and the day of the event. Participants who are active in the military or members of a first responder agency can register for $27 before Monday's deadline or $30 between then and the day of the event. Family package deals also are available.


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 Travis Manion Foundation works to empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. The national nonprofit has organized the annual fundraiser at locations across the world since 2007. Wednesday's event will mark the sixth year SVSU has hosted a 9/11 Heroes Run.


Several SVSU offices were involved in organizing this year's annual run including Military Student Affairs, Campus Recreation, Advanced Studies & International Student Services, and University Communications.


The Kochville and Saginaw Township fire departments are both supporting the run this year.


Those interested in participating in the SVSU-hosted 9/11 Heroes Run can register online at, or sign up at the site of the race beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.