On Wednesday, Sept. 11, SVSU will host its sixth annual 9/11 Heroes Run, which features a run, walk and ruck division.
The event is sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation and will be one of over 50 races to take place across the nation on the day, but the only one in Michigan.
Jenna Briggs, the senior director of Advanced Studies and International Student Services, and local race director Ted Lind organized SVSU’s first run in 2013.
She decided to organize a run after realizing that the school did not have a formal 9/11 remembrance event.
“This run, in particular, is a great way for communities to come together, remember and honor those lives lost on 9/11 and in the years since fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Briggs said. “We also try to highlight our local law enforcement and firefighters each year, as well.”
Bethany Alford, the director of Military Student Affairs, encouraged everyone to participate and support the event.
“Anyone can get involved,” Alford said. “The race exists to allow all students, staff, faculty and family members, or anyone that wants to take time to honor and remember those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice. There’s room for those that want to run, walk, ruck or even volunteer.”
This year’s event will feature booths
from community organizations that specialize in working with military members.
“Something new this year is the different community organizations that will have booths present,” Alford said. “For example, we will have several offices from the local Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, the local Vet Center and representation from Student Veterans of America.”
In addition to the Travis Manion Foundation, SVSU will partner with the local army reserve and national guard units.
The Michigan State Police are set to bring out a squad car, and local firefighting units will bring trucks, as well.
Participating on-campus organizations include Military Student Affairs and the Cardinal Marching Band.