NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Many patriotic Americans across the nation participate in the tradition of remembering the victims of September 11th and paying tribute to our country’s first responders.
Jen Depoto, the organization’s founder and president, is one example of this. She is committed to her job honoring the heroes of our country.
The 240-mile challenge from the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to Ground Zero is part of the organization’s annual three-day relay competition, the 9/11 Promise Run, which was established in 2016.
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On Friday, September 9, at 5 a.m. EST, the 2022 race got under way in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, September 11, runners should arrive at the finish line in Manhattan by 6:30 p.m.
In 2019, the group launched the concurrent 9/11 Promise Bike Race, a 200-mile route from Washington, D.C., to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Depoto of Wilmington, North Carolina, said in a phone interview with Fox News Digital that each competitor gains something somewhat different from the event, which offers “a lot of healing.”
Some folks are just trying to give back and serve their country in their own way, she said.
“I believe God is watching this,”
Some people are fleeing because they are merely attempting to put an end to an experience they have had.
There is a lot of healing that takes place and a lot of God moments when you’re out there on the road, running with the flag, and you’re all kind of suffering together, she added.
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According to Depoto, each team of differing sizes travels with its runners in a van or an RV, with individual members occasionally getting out to switch places with colleagues as they go.
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Nobody should be forced to run a certain number of miles since “it isn’t about that,” according to Depoto.
It’s not at all a race, she declared.
It truly comes down to spending the time to be with one another, serve one another, love one another, support one another, and keep in mind why we are doing this.
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I don’t care who arrives at the firehouse first; that’s not what this is about.
Although the runners come from all backgrounds, Depoto thought it was “very wonderful” that they were all racing for the same cause. This kind of solidarity, she argued, should be practiced all around the country.
So that we have a possibility of coming together once more, she remarked, things like this need to happen and be seen.
According to Depoto, the fire stations along the route “totally support” both events.
For racers, they act as rest breaks with food and water.
The firehouses have become more active as the event has evolved, she added, to the point that they are now practically competing with one another to be the greatest water stop and serve the finest food.
It’s actually been wonderful, and some of them have also formed teams.
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Children of first responders or military service members who have died or been seriously injured are eligible for scholarships from the nonprofit 9/11 Promise.
All competitors in both races pledge to raise $1,000 each, and all money raised goes entirely toward these scholarships.
Following the 20th anniversary of 9/11 last year, Depoto said she was “stoked” that people were still turning out to remember what happened in September 2001 during this year’s race.
“This is our chance to thank you.”
She remarked, “I think it’s fantastic that we’re continuing this mission and really demonstrating that we’re just trying to take care of all the kids of fallen and hurt first responders and the military.”
The 9/11 Promise foundation continues to engage service members in the yearly event by encouraging them to run in addition to serving as guest speakers at athlete meetings prior to the race.
She said, “And I think the event and the speakers have just moved mountains in their lives for a number of warriors who have suffered from PTSD.”
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She replied that regardless of the profession—fire, police, or military—people simply take an oath and are prepared to act however necessary when faced with danger.
And here is our chance to express our gratitude.