A road race will be held in Raynham on Sept. 13 to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to honor the nation’s veterans, active duty military, and first responders.
The third annual Raynham 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1 mile Fun Run will be held starting at noon at the DePuy Synthes office park, 325 Paramount Drive.
The Raynham event is one of about 50 Heroes Runs being held around in the world in the period around Sept. 11 to raise money for the Travis Manion Foundation, a nonprofit that works to “empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations,” according to the organization, which has been organizing the runs for the past 10 years.
The foundation is named after Marine 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited the Rescue One fire station in New York -- famous for losing almost all of its crew on 9/11 -- and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq, according to the foundation.
The Raynham race, now in its third year, is sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson company, which maintains its DePuy Synthes division and a manufacturing facility at the office park. The 5K race and the Fun Run will be held on the roadway within the office park.
For more information or to register, go to www.911heroesrun.org.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.