The 911 Heroes Run in Houston drew more than 3,000 in attendance, including almost 2,000 runners, by far the most successful result among the 63 participating cities in the annual fundraiser.
In its 11th year, this event raised about $80,000 to be divided among Assist the Officer, Operation Lone Star, the Houston Professional Firefighters Local 341 as well as the Travis Manion Foundation.
Following tradition, the race started at City Hall.
Since its inception, the fundraising memorial has been dedicated the memory of Marine Lt. Manion, killed in 2007 by enemy sniper fire while fighting courageously to defend against an Iraqi ambush. Manion was recognized for his brave leadership in a unique way. Iraqis named their operating base “Combat Outpost Manion. This is one of only a few Iraqi facilities named for an American service member. Manion was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star w/ Valor for his actions in Iraq.
Retired HPD Commander Greg Fremin, coordinator of the 911 Heroes Run, said, “This was our 11th year hosting this national event, which honors the memory of the victims of 9/11 and the wars since. The race was hosted in 63 cities this year and Houston had the largest event in the nation, with nearly 3,000.
“This year was especially special to me because it was the 20th anniversary. Many emotions and feelings,” Fremin said.
The special guest of honor and speaker at the event was Marine Brigadier Gen. Anthony Henderson. Also present at the starting line of the race were Police Chief Troy Finner and Fire Chief Sam Pena.