DC to NYC: 9/11 Promise Run is 240 miles to remember

Eric Dehm
September 07, 2018 - 8:58 pm

For 18 year old Americans now eligible for military service, the terror attacks of September 11th are not something they remember. For those reaching adulthood in following years, it won't even be something that happened during their lifetime. To them it will be a historical event, like Pearl Harbor is to most of us. Thankfully there are people, and events, that will make sure the significance of the day remains fresh in everyone's minds, events like the 9/11 Promise run.

The 3rd annual edition of the run, a 240 mile team-oriented relay from the Pentagon to Ground Zero, will feature seven teams including entries from companies like vet-owned Flags of Valor, Under Armor, and UPS.

Jennifer DePoto, the founder of the run, says this years run will have participants raising money for Hope for the Warriors, a vet-focused non-profit. The route will go through five states (MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY) and hit major cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and of course the final stretch in Manhattan that will include more than just the teams. For the final stretch from the W. 39th St. ferry port to the site of the worst terror attack in American history they'll be joined by a group of friends, family and well-wishers that's grown larger each year of the run.

"Those three miles are incredibly emotional," DePoto said during an appearance on the Morning Briefing radio show. "There's a lot of tears, and there's also a lot of silence."

As for why the runners sign up, there are personal reasons, and stories, behind why for every participant. Take for example Flags of Valor founder Army/Air Force vet Brain Steorts who says patriotism and remembrance trumps everything else, even his general dislike of the actual physical activity he'll be taking part in.

"I hate to run," Steorts admits. "I was forced to run in the Army, not so much in the Air Force obviously," Steorts admits, but says 3 days of being outside of his comfort zone is  "a small price to pay to be able to do something so good for the 9/11 Promise Run, for veterans, the military, and for America in general."

The route is available at the 9/11 Promise run website, and DePoto encourages anyone near it to come out and show support for the runners. 

You can hear the full interview with Jen DePoto and Brian Steorts below. To listen later, click Share and select Download from the options.

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