9-11: Honor the Fallen


We RUN to honor the heroes of 9/11. 

We run to HONOR the service of those who’ve served our nation since.

We run to ACTIVATE COMMUNITIES and EMPOWER your local veterans, first responders and survivors.

– 9/11 Heroes Run

9/11 Heroes Run

Last weekend I participated in my third 9-11 Heroes Run.  The past two years I raced in the Annapolis, MD Heroes Run.  This year, when I found out that an inaugural race would be held in my hometown of Norwalk, CT, I knew I had to get involved.  The proceeds from this race benefit the local veterans, their families, and first responders as well as the host organizations, the Travis Manion Foundation and Team Jesse Foundation.  Kevin Mincio and Matt Corey, co-founders of the Team Jesse organization were on hand to welcome runners to the race and registration area. These guys are amazing!  {To read a little bit about why they started Team Jesse, check out this article.}

First off, I have to say kudos to the volunteers at this race!  The painless check in process left lots of time to catch up with old friends and meet some of the people that helped put this race together.  It was really awesome to see such a great turnout and just around 8AM, all of the walkers and runners headed over to the starting area.  With a few words from Kevin Mincio, the National Anthem and a moment of silence, the 5k runners were off.


The race started in beautiful Cranbury Park before exiting on to treelined roads of the residential community surrounding the park.  The course was well marked with volunteers, so despite not knowing the course ahead of time, it was easy to navigate.  I haven’t run a small race in a while so it felt really odd to be in the front of the pack.    I knew I wanted to shoot for a PR, especially given my four mile time on my first leg of the Hood to Coast relay.  I was also warned about some hills coming into the final mile of the course and didn’t want to push too hard too soon.  I felt really comfortable heading through the first two miles.  But, the final mile I was passed by another woman on the start of the climbs.  I did my best to fight the mental demons and focus on my current pace.  Thankfully I was able to use one of the UCONN lacrosse players as a pacer at this point.  But, by the time I decided to try and pick it up upon re-entering Cranbury Park, I knew it was a little too late to catch the first female.  It was still incredibly exciting to come across as the second female runner and set a new personal record!


Coming in to the finish with a new PR!

22:41:88 / 7:19

10th Overall / 2nd Female / 1st in Age Group


Post-run photo with Kevin Mencio, Co-Founder of Team Jesse


My favorite photo from the day!

9-11 Heroes Run Medals

9-11 Heroes Run Cora

Cora enjoyed Mommy’s new medals!


After the race with my in-laws, hubby and Cora!

I think we rounded up some folks to become Team Red, White, and Blue members too!


Post-race donuts anyone?  Happy camper 🙂

The Travis Manion Foundation hosts 9-11 Heroes Runs all across the US.  If you are looking for a 9-11 Memorial event to be a part of next year, please consider the 9-11 Heroes Run!  You will not be disappointed!



  1. Sounds like a wonderful event. And congrats on the new PR and 2nd place overall! You rock!
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  2. Congrats on that awesome PR. You are super speedy Lisa. Cora is adorable and she has a lovely smile just like her Mom.
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  1. […] We started participating in the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k back when we lived in Maryland. Now, there is a race in our hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut! This was my second year taking place in the CT event. Going in to the race, I was not optimistic that I would run as well as I did the year prior. Last year, the weather was pretty cool; I ran well and came in second {Recap here!}. […]

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