VFD Hosts 4th Annual 9/11 5k Memorial Run

The Valdosta Fire Department proudly announces its 4th annual 9/11 5k Memorial Run, scheduled to take place on September 7th, 2024. This solemn event commemorates the lives lost and honors the courageous first responders who sacrificed everything on September 11, 2001.

 The 9/11 5k Memorial Run aims to bring the community together in remembrance and solidarity. Participants are encouraged to join in the patriotic spirit by dressing in red, white, and blue and decorating the racecourse with signs of support.

 "We are deeply honored to host the 4th annual 9/11 5k Memorial Run," stated Lieutenant Melissa Roe. "This event serves as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the heroes of September 11th, and it is our duty to ensure that their memory lives on."

 The race will commence with a heartfelt speech by Mayor Matheson at 7:45 a.m., followed by the starting gun at 8 a.m. sharp. The course, a fast out-and-back route, will begin at 120 N Patterson Street in Downtown Valdosta and pass by Valdosta State University.

 Early bird registration is open until midnight on August 25th, 2024, with an entry fee of $25. Late registration will be available until 3 pm on September 6th for $30, and participants can also register on race day for $35. First Responders are eligible for a discounted entry fee of $10 as a token of appreciation for their service.

 In the true spirit of giving back, 100% of the race proceeds will be donated to Valor Service Dogs Inc., an organization dedicated to providing trained service dogs to veterans in need.

 "We are grateful for the opportunity to support Valor Service Dogs Inc. through this event," stated Fire Chief Boutwell. "Their commitment to assisting our veterans aligns perfectly with our mission of serving those who have served us."

 Join us on September 7th, 2024, as we lace up our running shoes and run to remember. Together, let us honor the memory of the fallen and show our unwavering support for our first responders.

 For more information and to register for the 9/11 5k Memorial Run, please visit https://tinyurl.com/VFDMemorial5k.