Five years ago in Valley Alabama, two friends made a decision to set out to run 9.11 miles to honor and remember the men and women who lost their life on September 11, 2001. What began on a whim has since proven to be a very meaningful experience for those who have participated in the run, as well for those who have witnessed the run. It is a way of reminding each one of us, as we are going about our lives on this day; to pause and remember, to
speak a prayer for the families that still feel the loss of a loved one, or to begin the task of talking with our children who are old enough to know about the day America was forever changed.
“This race isn’t timed, there is no pace, and it will be held year after year, rain or shine, with flags held high to hold tribute to each and every one of those people who lost their life that day,” stated Brad Guy.
The first year, the run was started at the entrance of the Rail to Trails and continued throughout the Valley area. Then in 2015, Brad Guy moved to La-Grange so they decided to hold the run on the streets of LaGrange. They decided to incorporate “Old Glory” on this run, which began to inspire others and raise awareness of what the runners were doing.
The runners will be in LaGrange today, holding their flags high, and making the 9.11 miles. If you see them today, let it be a reminder of why this day in our history is so important. Remember those first responders who were simply going about their day on the morning of 9/11/01. Remember our friends and the family members whose lives came to a sudden tragic end. Take a moment to notice our flag and once again be reminded of the strength of our great nation and the bond that we have in common.
The Runners Wish to Say: “We appreciate all the support and are looking forward to another awesome 9/11 Remembrance Run this year!”
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Tammy Greathouse Staff Writer