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Posted on: July 14, 2022

Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash combine forces

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The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2022-23 school year by joining forces with The Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run on September 10, 2022.  Together the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash will raise funds and awareness for our unsung heroes and create a run experience like no other in the area. 


The 9/11 Travis Manion race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others.  


“Things are definitely looking extraordinary this year,” says Dr. Joe Faiz, Foundation Vice Chair and Race Committee Member. “The student’s needs and our Foundation’s goals haven’t changed. However, our Foundation Board agreed that partnering with the Travis Manion Foundation is an absolute win/win.”


Race Day will feature a 5K run, 5K RUCK and one-mile fun run/walk.  The race will begin and end at Civic Plaza in downtown Murfreesboro with an 8 a.m. start time. 


Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students through parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math, and other programs. 


Funds raised by the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run honors the service and sacrifice of first responders and military heroes and supports programs and initiatives, like Character Does Matter, which ensure that veterans, military families of the fallen, and their communities prosper.


“Murfreesboro City Schools and the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) partnered several years ago, allowing School Resource Officers to replace the DARE curriculum with the TMF Character Does Matter program,” says Larry Maples, Race Coordinator. “Combining both races for a common cause of honoring our everyday heroes was just the right thing to do.”


At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to never forget the heroes of that September 11. The 9/11 Heroes Run also acknowledges the hard work of all our nation’s frontline workers including teachers, first responders, and healthcare workers. The Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run broke records for attendance at a first time event in 2021. 


For the 2022 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with GORUCK for a ruck division of 9/11 Heroes Run. Rucking is moving with weight on your back and combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity.


Registration is open and can be found at

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