Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/12/11
Nearly 1,000 participants celebrated the memory of thousands of people that died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2011 and the legacy of former La Salle lacrosse great Travis Manion Sunday in one of many Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Runs at Doylestown’s Burpee Park.
More than 30 Heroes Runs were held in the US and around the world, and even on Navy ships in the Persian Gulf to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on US soil. More than 15,000 runners were registered to compete and races were attended by more than 50,000 people.
In the Philly region, races also were held at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, Harleysville, Pottstown, West Chester, Pennsauken, N.J., and Stone Harbor at the Jersey shore.
The melody of a bagpiper’s “Amazing Grace” was played in Burpee Park as people dropped to their knees for a special salute to Sept. 11’s lost heroes. In all, 19 Bucks County residents lost their lives in the attacks. Before the race began, Travis’ uncle, Chris Manion, mother Janet Manion, and radio host Michael Smerconish spoke about what the race meant to everyone.
Thousands attended the New York City 9/11 Heroes Run, as two cyclists who had just completed a ride across the country joined in the race.
Races also were held, among other places, in Annapolis, MD; Boston; Dallas, TX; Danville, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Irvine, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Lynchburg, VA; Monterey, CA; Oahu, HI; Orlando, FL; Pittsburgh; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; St. Louis, MO; and Stratford, CT; as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, England and Qatar.
The Travis Manion Foundation was created in 2007 after the combat death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, in Fallujah, Iraq. Travis Manion was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.