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Running, Walking in Honor of 9/11

A map of the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk route in lower Manhattan. A map of the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk route in lower Manhattan.

9/11 Memorial President and CEO Joe Daniels directs planning, construction, development, programming and operations for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Through his work, he is honored to meet many of the families, friends, and colleagues of the nearly 3,000 victims. Daniels will share his personal experiences at the memorial, and much more, in the Thank You for Visiting series on the MEMO blog.

On April 21, more than 2,000 participants will gather at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57, the starting point of the first 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk, to honor the victims of 9/11 and to support the memorial and museum.

Participants will follow a 3.1 mile historic route that will feature significant places in 9/11 history like “Point Thank You,” where people gathered along West Street to cheer and thank 9/11 rescue and recovery workers as they headed to and from Ground Zero. In the aftermath of 9/11, as residents living near West Street, my wife and I stood with total strangers and joined the cheers of encouragement for the first responders and recovery workers on their way to give everything of themselves at Ground Zero.

The course will finish near the entrance to the 9/11 Memorial, where the names of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the attacks are inscribed, forever, in bronze. Please support the 9/11 Memorial and join us as we honor the victims.

The 5K is now sold out, but you can still join us as a virtual runner or supporter, and our Family Day on Vesey Street is free to anyone who would like to attend from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This community event will include activities for all ages and food and refreshments. Please visit to sign up, and help spread the word by joining us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for visiting.

By Joe Daniels

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