Initially inspired by the brave and selfless actions displayed by First Responders and Military on September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Promise mission has grown over time. We are committed to honoring all First Responders and Military Service Members. These brave men and women regularly display courage, sacrifice and a call to duty. They protect our country and community every single day. Their heroism comes at a cost; some become injured and others lose their lives. Their call to duty can result in leaving behind their families who struggle to provide for their children. These children are in turn forced to deal with a multitude of challenges. What better way to honor these Heroes and say Thank You than to provide financial opportunity to these children to achieve an education. Each year, the 9/11 Promise holds a signature event which pays tribute to our beginnings. Starting on September 9th each year, run and bike athletes gather at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Over three days, these athletes go on a journey of Promise, Remembrance and Honor. Teams of runners run 240 miles to Ground Zero in New York City while teams of cyclists bike 200 miles to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The event culminates in athletes finishing their journey on September 11th. These events are supported by various Fire Houses along the respective routes. Athletes raise money all of which goes towards scholarships that are awarded to the children of Heroes. The 9/11 Promise organization is an established non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status (EIN: 82-402961).