Running in remembrance

SVSU will be among 45 locations in the world this year to host a race memorializing Sept. 11, 2001.

The 9/11 Heroes Run is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, on the university campus.

All participants will earn a race shirt, medals, post-race snacks and a ticket to that night’s SVSU home football game against Malone. They will also receive tickets to carnival rides at Street Fest, which is scheduled for that day.

Before the 5K run and walk, children can participate for free in the quarter-mile run beginning at 12:45 p.m. Children who participate will receive T-shirts and finishers’ medals.

The overall male and female winners will receive U.S. flags that were flown in Afghanistan.

The finishers’ medals, made by Bullets2Bandages, are made from bullet casings.

Race directors include Aaron Mowen, a member of the Marine Reserves and director of Campus Recreation, and Ted Lind, a graduate student and army veteran.

Director of Graduate Admissions and another race director, Jenna Briggs, said proceeds will go to support the Travis Manion Foundation and the One Hundred Club of Saginaw County.

The Travis Manion Foundation, Briggs explained, supports families of service members killed in action, along with other national community organizations.

With the other half of the proceeds going to the One Hundred Club, Briggs said that it is great that the run can also support the community. The One Hundred Club provides financial support to families of police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty.

Briggs, an army veteran herself, said that both groups do great things for “our serving men and women.”

She said that she and her husband, also a veteran, are grateful to the Travis Manion Foundation for supporting their friend who was injured in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

“It is a neat thing to know someone personally who benefited from the organization,” she said. “They continue to do great things.”

Briggs said that the SVSU community has been “awesome” about supporting and embracing the event.

“It really shows that people care.”

Fire departments in Saginaw and Thomas townships have donated their time and fire trucks for the event. An American flag will be raised on the fire truck ladder and fly overhead as runners begin and end the 5K race.

Briggs said that the SVSU community has also been a great supporter of the run. With donations from Student Life, SVSU Athletics and Campus Recreation, Briggs called the event, “a run to remember.”

Attendees who plan to participate in the 5K run and walk can register online at The cost is $25. For more information, go to the 9/11 Heroes Run website or contact Briggs at [email protected].

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