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September 7, 2021

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

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

The event will consist of a 5K run/walk and a one-mile “fun run.” The 5K run/walk will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of SVSU’s Gilbertson Hall preceded by a remembrance ceremony beginning at 3:30 p.m. The closed, out-and-back course will continue along the paved campus running trail.  

Registration for the 5K is $35 if registering by Tuesday, Sept. 7, or $40 the day of the event as part of walk-up registration. Participants who are active in the military, members of a first responder agency or current SVSU students receive discounted registration. 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. Saturday’s event will mark the eighth 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, Alumni Relations and University Communications. 

The Kochville and Saginaw Township fire departments and Michigan State Police will again support the run this year. 

Those interested in participating in the SVSU-hosted 9/11 Heroes Run can register online at svsu.edu/heroesrun through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 or sign up at the site of the race beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.