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They Ran to Remember

flag runMADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/9/13) – Over the last few months, the community of Madisonville has worked really hard to get everything ready and in place for the 9/11 Run that took place on Saturday, September 7, 2013. With over 600 participants, the community was able to raise money for the community partners and the Travis Manion Foundation. They also honored and supported the fallen heroes, veterans, and all first responders.

The opening ceremony started at 7:30pm with guest speakers, posting of colors, singing of the National Anthem and a prayer.

Bill Rudd, who was this year’s host, gave a speech about how important it is for us to take some time out of our schedule and thank our fellow first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day.

“When they leave the house in the morning, they get to kiss their significant other good-bye and they go on to patrol the streets. Then they pull somebody over and don’t know what they are walking into… they may not come back tonight,” said Bill Rudd. “You need to thank them; they put their life on the line for us.”

This race was 100% organized by the local community, and 50% of the proceeds will go back to the foundation and the other half will stay here locally.

“This is more than a 5k run, it’s a cause to remember that day on September 11, 2001,” said Rudd. “We will never forget. It’s a date in time that changed this country. This country has never been the same since 2001.”

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Travis Manion was a U.S. Marine that was killed in Iraq in 2007. The following year his family started this foundation in his honor. The foundation has several focus areas such as; challenge grants for returning veterans and surviving spouses, the 9/11 Heroes Run, and the Character Does Matter Program.

As the race began, the cheering roared, the flags waved in the air and both participants and audience members smiled as they remembered and honored our heroes.

“I had a great time and I was very impressed with the turnout and all the public support, “said Chief of Police Wade Williams. “From the opening ceremony to the race people were sitting out on the side of the road with their flags and cheering you on. It was great. It was one of those events that remind you why we do what we do. It was a good feeling to see everybody out there.”

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photos by Amber Averitt

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