9/11 Heroes Run

September 9th 2018

Last year, Marine Raider Challenge partnered with Travis Manion Foundation to put on the inaugural San Clemente 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race at the San Clemente Pier on September 9th, 2018. The race united the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our military and first responders that serve our country and our communities. We could not have asked for a better turnout and event.

This year, more then 200 people from around Southern California participated in San Clemente’s first 9/11 Heroes Run 5k. The community, which included family members of those that lost their lives in the towers on September 11th, former and current military members, LAPD, SCFD, Mayor Tim Brown and many others, came together to raise money for two important charities. A portion of the proceeds from the 9/11 Heroes Run benefited the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. The other portion of the proceeds benefited the Marine Raider Challenge, another local non-profit created by former Marine Raiders, where each competitor in every challenge raises money for a Special Operations charity of their choice and donates 100% of the proceeds.

The 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC— famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. In its eighth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations around the U.S. and the world “Knowing that so many people gave their lives during the 9/11 attacks touched my brother Travis in a way that would forever change him,” said Ryan Manion Borek, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “Six years after 9/11, my brother also gave his life for his country, so every year we gather communities together to run a 5K, not just to honor the fallen, but to continue the legacies of character, leadership, and service that they left behind. We are looking forward to this exciting race season and uniting people around the world to continue those legacies and redefine America’s national character.”

Thank you for your support and we look forward to next year’s 9/11 Heroes Run!

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Time for Reflection: Marine Raiders to Host Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 9

San Clemente Times

The Marine Raiders are back in San Clemente, this time for an event to honor the victims of 9/11 and their fallen soldiers.


“I think this is something that reminds us to come together, so this run is not only to commemorate the people who lost everything but also to recognize how the nation came together and responded to it,” Hall said.

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The most important thing isn’t always what you do but why you choose to do it. We chose to create the Marine Raider Challenge to facilitate competition, camaraderie, and give back to the communities that we were so fortunate to have been a part of.


The Marine Raider Challenge is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN 84-2042764).  After each event, money we raise will go to a SOF charity of our choice. At the first Marine Raider Challenge, we raised over $75k to support Special Operations Charities.