This year some USNA classmates and I are doing the 1st ever bike relay from the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial to Shanksville, PA in honor of the victims of Flight 93. It culminates with us participating in a ceremony at the Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11. I am sure it's going to be an amazing experience. Last year the event raised over $70k and since 2016, it has raised over $150k. This year's fundraising will support scholarships for qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment. We will be posting on Facebook thru 9/11 so please follow us, donate if you can, and share with anyone who you think may be interested! Thanks!!!
Some history about this event:
The 9/11 Promise Run, established in 2016, is an event that is being held to keep a promise made in 2001 when the United States of America was attacked. Many lives were lost, and we continue to deal with the aftermath. This event honors the lives lost, the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage, and our military who continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad. The 9/11 Promise Run is not a race – but an event that is being held for a bigger cause. There is no winner – or second place or third place.
In 2016, a team of seven runners from different backgrounds came together and ran from the Pentagon to Ground Zero while raising over $23K all of which went to charity. During this run, they connected and formed friendships with local fire departments, police departments and community members. They remembered, and they honored.
Each year, this event has grown in size and in fundraising totals. More individuals have signed up to participate; more fire houses, police departments and community members have also gotten involved. To date, the event has raised $150K all of which has gone to charity! The charities which have been involved include Tuesday’s Children, FealGood Foundation, American Red Cross, Operation Homefront and Hope For The Warriors.
New this year, relay teams (2-man or 3-man teams) will bike from the Pentagon Memorial to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA! This group will also leave on 09/09/2019 and arrive in Pennsylvania on 09/11/2019. The inaugural 2019 9/11 Promise Bike is a challenging 3-day road bike ride. Covering approximately 210mi and 15,000’ of vertical along two-lane state and single-lane county roads, the ride will challenge every category of rider.
Relay teams will also continue the run from the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Monday, 09/09/2019 and finish on Wednesday, 09/11/2019 at Ground Zero.
In 2018, the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc. established 501(c)(3) status and so in 2019, the mission of the event becomes even greater! Fundraising efforts will continue as the 9/11 Promise Run charity provides scholarships to qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment. As this charity and part of the mission is new, and fundraising is just beginning, the first scholarships will be awarded starting in the academic school year of 2020/21.
Each athlete will experience a journey of a lifetime! The opportunity to remember and honor, to raise funds for children of those who have sacrificed for our communities and nation, and to grow with family and friends.
For more information on the event or charity, visit: http://911promiserun.com/