By Marina Petz
Holt Journal staff writer
Sept 11, 2001, will forever be remembered as one of the saddest days the United States faced. To honor those who lost their lives that day and those who serve overseas to protect our country,John Bush of Holt established the Hero 5K Run and Walk.
“The idea actually came to life on a cocktail napkin. Co-Event Director Steve Anderson told me the story behind the Tunnel to Towers run held every year in New York city,” said John Bush, race director. “We started laying thoughts and drawings out on these napkins and arrived with the creation of the 9/11 Hero Run.”
The inaugural race was held in 2012 with a turnout of 250 people followed by 300 people for the second year. The unique part of this race is regardless of what day 9/11 is, the race will take place.
“This is the only 5k run/walk event held on 9-11 in the state,” said Bush. “Whether it falls on a Monday or Saturday didn’t matter to us. I feel it gives participants an opportunity to reflect on that day, many stories of remembrance are shared among participants.”
The Hero Run gives Holt citizens a chance to participatein a race that gives the proceeds to a good cause.
“We feel it brings the citizens a time to come together and run/walk alongside the first responders and military.” said Bush.“Last year over $15,000 was raised and 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project, The Great Lakes Burn Camp and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Honor Guard.”
The 2014 9/11 Hero Run will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Delhi Fire Department. Race information and online registry can be found on the race website or facebook page.