The Second Annual Heroes Run was held at the Wall Township Municipal Complex in Wall Township, New Jersey on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The 5K race was part of the National 9-11 Heroes Run Race Series held nationally benefiting the Travis Manion Foundation. The Travis Manion Foundation was created in honor of United States Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion who tragically lost his life in Iraq in April of 2007. Lt. Manion lost his life while searching a suspected insurgent’s home. He was awarded the Silver Star with Valor for his actions.
The weather was near ideal for the runners as they lined up for the 9:11 a.m. start. The start and finish area was over flown with a large American Flag on top of a Wall Township Fire Truck Ladder. A State of New Jersey Helicopter landed on the adjoining soccer field to show support. Many military both active and retired were in attendance and participated in the race. Several runners carried the American Flag through the entire 3.1 mile course. On hand also lending support was Assemblyman Dave Rible who made remarks prior to the start to encourage the runners and thank them for their support.
The event was staged Wall High School student Joshua Glantzman of Wall Township for the second year. Prior to the start Mr. Glantzman made remarks thanking the participants and summarizing the importance of the Travis Manion Foundation which supports veterans, first responders and their families that are in need. At the conclusion of his remarks he announced that next yearn his two younger brothers will be taking over the race as he is expecting to be in one of the military academies after he graduates high school next June.
Photos -Video of start – Results
At the start the National Anthem was sung and then Fred Rummel of Wall Township gave runners last minute instructions before the command was given to start, the runners made their way around the Municipal Complex first about 100 yards across the soccer field and then onto the jogging path. Volunteers from Wall Township High School directed the runners around the course and were distributing water at the water stop. Among the many participants was Joseph Rienzela of Neptune, New Jersey a Vietnam Veteran who was dressed in red, white and blue. Joe indicated that he always tries to participate in these types of runs which support his fellow veterans. There was also a one mile walk which attracted a spirited group. After the races runners were treated to a variety of refreshments and then awards were presented to the to[ finishers.
Coming up are some really fun events to include:
Saturday, September 19 9:00 a.m. 5K, Ocean Grove 5K, Ocean Grove, New Jersey Register on Line
Saturday, September 19, 5K, Blue Jay 5K, Lakewood, New Jersey
Sunday, September 20, 13.1 Miles, Liberty Half Marathon, Jersey City, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. 5k, John Hogan Memorial 5K, Harry Weight Lake, Whiting, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 a.m. 5k, Race for Respect, Seaside Park, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 5K, NF Walk and Run, Lincroft, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. 5k, Keyport-fest 5k, Keyport, New Jersey
Sunday, September 27, 1 Mile at 9 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m. Tutu 5K, Wall, New Jersey – Registration still open and all will get t shirt and a Tutu. Open to men and women too.
More events can be found on the RunCollege Web Site and race calendar