9/11 Honor Run 5K, Honors First Responders; Raises money for PTSD

The 9/11 Honor Run 5K in Traverse City is an event to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks; and for one fire chief in Grand Traverse County, it’s a way for him to give back.

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department Chief Pat Parker will be one of many first responders carrying a little extra weight this weekend during the 9/11 Honor Run.

“We’re going to be having all of our gear on; we’re going to have our air packs on,” Chief Parker says.

With all of the gear on, it’s about 65 pounds of extra weight that Chief Parker and other first responders will be wearing on Saturday.

Something he says is all worth it to remember the lives lost that day.

“They were wearing all of those gear, so for us to wear it for short hour,” Chief Parker says. “You look what they went through that day, it’s a very small sacrifice.”

It’s a day Race Director Jen Casey said she will remember forever.

“I was in New York, in Manhattan, on 9/11, the day of. A lot of innocent people lost their lives that day,” Casey says. “This is just a way to bring it to Traverse City, to remember this day, honor or local first responders who are always in the background.”

Proceeds from the race will go to the Grand Traverse Region Public Safety Alliance, a nonprofit fund to recognize emotional wellness for our first responders and offer programs and support for those going through PTSD.

Casey says this run is all about honor and respect.

“It’s pretty moving how everyone can come together and honor and respect that day,” she says.

And is also about never forgetting what happened 18 years ago.

“It’s so easy,” Chief Parker said, “The hustle and bustle of life that you forget about what happened 18 years ago, and that’s why we do this, that’s why we have the race, and we would just love to have everybody come out and support it.”

The event will start with a ceremony to remember and honor the events of that day. You can register for the 5K at here.

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