SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 1,000 runners are expected at Mission Trails Regional Park Sunday for a 5K run in the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks and the soldiers who have died since.
The Travis Manion Foundation will host the 9/11 Heroes Run event, which anticipates about 50,000 participants nationwide -- running, volunteering or cheering, according to foundation spokeswoman Lindsay Finnegan. The foundation was created in 2007 after the death of Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Fallujah, Iraq.
The San Diego race was organized by Amy Looney, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan last year.
"The world has learned Americans are stronger and more resilient than our enemies expected," Looney said. "You can knock us down, but we're going to get right up again stronger than ever, with a passion for doing the right thing."
This year, runners are being urged to cross the finish line holding hands. People are also being asked to bring photographs of their own "fallen heroes" to run with as well.