5K race honors fallen heroes

By Chad Weber

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- As the anniversary of the September 11th attack nears, communities are taking time to remember those we've lost.

On Sunday, a 5K race honored fallen heroes.

The 9/11 heroes run was part of a world-wide event hosted in more than 50 other locations.

More than 100 people took part in the inaugural run in Bloomington, which was the only one in the state of Illinois.

The event also honored fallen Bloomington Firefighter Chris Brown, whose son fired the opening shot of the race.

"Those heroes that gave their lives on 9/11 didn't flinch, they didn't think twice,"said Race Director Rebecca Kingery. "They were running in when everyone else was running out and a lot of people don't realize how important these people are to our communities and what they give to protect us. So this is a way for us to not only honor and remember them, but thank them."

Proceeds from the event benefit the Bloomington Fire Union and the Travis Manion Foundation.

The Travis Manion Foundation assists veterans and the families of fallen heroes.

Organizers hoped to raise up to $5,000.

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