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Remember Our Heroes Race
5K, 10K, 1 Mile
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Remember Our Heroes Race 5K
Remember Our Heroes Race 10K
Remember Our Heroes Race Half Marathon
About This Activity
Heroes – people who make a difference through small acts of kindness or brave acts of courage. The upcoming 15th anniversary of 9/11 gives us pause to remember the heroes of that day – the 2,996 people killed, the more than 6,000 people injured, and all the emergency response personnel. It is also a catalyst for remembering other heroes such as veterans, first responders, teachers, and medical workers to name a few. September anniversaries also reveal heroes of a different nature such as high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, born 2 Sep 63, the first “ordinary citizen” in space who died with the six crew members in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.
Remembering personal heroes can bring tears and smiles, often both at the same time, as the heroic acts that made a difference are recalled. The same is true when remembering living heroes who are sometimes forgotten such as aging veterans and retired first responders. The act of remembering without action, however, is insufficient. Even saying “thank you for your service” may not be enough. The desire to “do something” to honor our heroes is the driving force behind the collaboration of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Corps of Cadets and Team Red, White and Blue (RWB). The goal of active remembering is to never forget.
VMI is known for graduating citizen-soldiers possessing a high sense of public service. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. VMI and the local chapter of Team RWB have joined together to remember our heroes by sponsoring a race in their honor. Why a race? Runners often face the same little voice inside them as heroes do that wants them to quit and quitting, short of being injured, is not an option for heroes or runners.
VMI’s McKethan Park will be the start and finish location for the 5K, 10K and half marathon races at 8 am on 11 September 2016. Each race will start with a battle cry “ROHR” and end with a shout out for each runner’s hero as they cross the finish line. Runners are encouraged to bring their hero, or a picture of their hero, to the race to share in the remembrance. Local veterans and retirees will be invited to join in and share their stories of sacrifice and service. VMI cadets will provide support for the event and be a conduit for preserving the stories of the heroes. They will serve those who have served or are still serving.