As the nation prepares to honor those who tragically lost their lives 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001 this Sunday, the Turlock community is invited to pay tribute locally with a patriotic run and remembrance ceremony.
United States Army Veteran Cory Smith started the 9-11 Red, White and Blue Run back in 2011 with a fellow Marine veteran. Once Smith posted the event on Facebook, the two-man endeavor evolved into a community event that attracted about 500 runners during the run’s fifth year last year.
“In the first three years we doubled in size,” said Smith, “so I’m hoping we can get at least another couple hundred more this year.”
As per tradition, runners will don red, white and blue and run a route that covers approximately five miles throughout Turlock beginning at Donnelly Park.
New this year, Smith said that the event will honor those who were killed in action by placing a flag with their information at the end of the run.
“Whether it be military, police, firefighters or first responders, I want to honor them because this is what this run is about,” said Smith.
Proceeds from this year’s run will go towards Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low cost lodging to veteran and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. Last year, Smith said that the event was able to raise over $2,000.
Participants in this year’s run are asked to pay a $5 registration fee. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and the race will begin at 9 a.m.
The Turlock Police Department and the Turlock Fire Department will also host a ceremony Sunday to honor the men and women who lost their lives during the attack 15 years ago.
The public is invited to join the ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Turlock Fire Department Station #1, located at 540 E. Marshall St.