I recently made a trip up to the charming town of North Port, FL to help prepare for an event called Remember the Fallen. Race Director Richard Yarnall, a firefighter whose firehouse is a block from the start and finish, has created an event with so much character that all you need to do is see the pictures to understand the impact this hometown neighborhood event holds.
Everything about this event is first class. The whole town gets involved, supporting, local law enforcement, military, bagpipes, music, food, beer.. it is the main running event of the year. North Port may be a bit of a drive, but it is well worth it!
Each year, this trophy goes to the department that has the most firefighters accepting the firefighter challenge, running the entire event in full gear. The idea behind it was to spark competition between fire departments with a “traveling trophy”.
If you are looking for a meaningful way to pay tribute to those that serve, risk their lives, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice, please get in your car and be a part of this spectacular slice of what makes America great.
Event information and registration can be found here:
Another event to be aware of is the walk at FGCU on 9/11 itself called the 911 Walk of Remembrance and Reflection.