6th annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run held this weekend in Houston

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HOUSTON —  The Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and several other local agencies are teaming up this weekend to honor the more than 9,000 fallen heroes of 9/11.

The department’s 6th annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run is a 5K race that will begin Saturday morning at 7:30, according to a HPD release. The event will be held at the Ellington Airport at 11602 Aerospace Ave. and will included members of various branches of the military, police officers, firefighters, first responders, elected officials, law enforcement commanders and other runners.

HPD officials said proceeds from the race will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, Assist the Officer and the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.

Inspired by one Marine’s pre-deployment visit with New York City firefighters, the 9/11 Heroes Run started as a small town event in suburban Philadelphia to honor all those who serve our country in uniform.  That initial 5K race has grown to more than 35 runs this year, including races in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, Italy, England, and on a ship in the Persian Gulf.

Created in 2007 after the combat death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq, the Travis Manion Foundation is committed to honoring the fallen by challenging the living.  The foundation’s goal is to ensure the love of country and that the spirit of service exemplified by this generation of Fallen Heroes lives on.