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June 25, 2024

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9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash Returns

At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to never forget the heroes of that September 11.

The Travis Manion Foundation and The City Schools Foundation are joining forces to host the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash on September 10, 2022.

The 9/11 Travis Manion race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others.

Funds raised by the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run honors the service and sacrifice of first responders and military heroes and supports programs and initiatives, like Character Does Matter, which ensure that veterans, military families of the fallen and their communities prosper.

“Murfreesboro City Schools and the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) partnered several years ago, allowing School Resource Officers to replace the DARE curriculum with the TMF Character Does Matter program,” says Larry Maples, Race Coordinator. “Combining both races for a common cause of honoring our everyday heroes was just the right thing to do.”

Race Day will feature a 5K run/walk, 5K RUCK and one-mile fun run/walk. The race will begin and end at Civic Plaza in historic downtown Murfreesboro with an 8 a.m. start time.

For the 2022 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with GORUCK for a ruck division of 9/11 Heroes Run. Rucking is moving with weight on your back and combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity.

Registration is open and can be found at



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.