Nine years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, the Arlington Police/Fire/Sheriff Memorial 5K race continues to provide a way for businesses and residents to give something back, to remember the victims and to honor the firefighters and police officers who responded that day. The race course takes runners past the repaired west wall of the Pentagon.
This year, the race is hosting another very special tribute. Del. Robert H. Brink, one of Arlington’s representatives in the Virginia House of Delegates, will dedicate a portion of Washington Boulevard as “9/11 Heroes Memorial Highway.” Del. Brink sponsored the legislation for the road designation, which passed the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year. “Within minutes after terrorists attacked the Pentagon, first responders from Arlington were on the scene of the crash site,” commented Del. Brink. “In the hours, days, and weeks after that awful moment, they and their colleagues from across the region worked bravely and tirelessly under terrible conditions. Dedicating the road adjacent to the Pentagon as ‘9/11 Heroes Memorial Highway’ is a fitting tribute to their selflessness and service.”
Join us for the dedication:
- Saturday, Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m. (prior to race start at 6:00 p.m)
- Race start, Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA
Visit the race website to register or for more information — even if you’re not a runner, join us to cheer on the runners and to remember Sept. 11. Over the past 8 years, 21,000+ runners have participated, raising more than $325,000 for 9-11 related charities.
“To me,” says race organizer Capt. Matt Smith of the Arlington Police Department, “It’s a way to bring members of the community together to pay their respects, and hopefully also to have a good time. One thing I often hear from first time runners is, ‘I’m coming back and I’m going to bring more people next year.’ To see the race have that kind of positive impact on people, that’s the best part.”
Additional ways to remember Sept. 11 in Arlington:
- Visit the Pentagon Memorial.
- First Responders Cup – Girls Fast Pitch tournament, benefitting Pentagon charities.
- United We Serve – National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Visit the County web page, “Arlington Remembers: September 11, 2001” for more information.
Race Road Closures
For the race, the following streets will be closed:
- Army Navy Drive from S. 12th Street to S. Fern Street — closed from 5 pm to 9 pm
- Crystal Drive from S. 12th Street to S. 23rd Street — closed 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Crystal City residents will be allowed to cross Crystal Drive at certain points when the race thins out. Officers will direct drivers.
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