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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Nearly 4,000 Participants Completed the Three Mile Route that Retraces the Steps Many First Responders and Rescue and Recovery Workers Took to Ground Zero on 9/11 and afterward 

New York, NY – Today, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum hosted its 12th annual 5K Run/Walk, presented by RXR, in lower Manhattan. Thousands of participants and spectators joined to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, honor the service of first responders and recovery workers, and engage a new generation about the history, lessons, and ongoing impact of 9/11 to ensure we never forget more than two decades later.

“For over a decade, the 5K has been an integral part of the Memorial & Museum’s engagement with the 9/11 community, its supporters, members, mission partners, and the public. This event is special because it draws participants of all ages, especially young people, from across the Tri-State area, as well as a growing number of international participants, to remember and learn about how in the aftermath of tragedy our city and nation came together with compassion and in service to one another,” said Elizabeth L. Hillman, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. “We are deeply grateful to our longtime 5K presenting sponsor RXR, to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for providing free student registration through The Never Forget Fund, to race sponsor Fiserv, and so many other partners that continue to help make this event a success year after year. We are also thankful for our thousands of participants, many of whom also donated or raised money to further support our mission. Everyone who came today will help the Memorial remain free for all to visit and support the Museum’s essential educational programs to meet the demand of connecting with the 100 million Americans born since 9/11 and those too young to remember.” 

“We’re proud to sponsor this event every year to help raise awareness for the mission of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. As we recall the tragic events that occurred more than 22 years ago, this race is a demonstration of our city’s resilience and a reminder of what can be accomplished when we come together. Retracing the route that so many first responders and volunteers took on 9/11 and in the aftermath is a personal and emotional journey that so many participants undertake as they complete this race. Congratulations to all those who participated today and we look forward to seeing you again next year" said Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR.

“For so many, the 5K is a way to remember those we lost, including my cousin FDNY firefighter Michael D’Auria,” said Rob Perretta, 5K Visionary Chair. “I run with my family and also make a big fundraising push in memory of Michael. The race retraces the steps he took that day en route to save others. The 5K celebrates the legacy of service that we saw in response to 9/11, as well as the stories of compassion, unity, and resilience – stories like Michael’s and that of so many others – that define what it means to be a New Yorker. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has the unique responsibility to preserve the stories of those who tragically lost their lives and honor the service of all those who responded, while helping a new generation understand how we came together back then. We’re honored to see so many participants this year, and we hope to continue this success in the many years that follow.”

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. This mission is advanced through commemoration, education, and inspiration. Located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum remembers and honors the 2,938 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. Through exhibitions, a wide variety of programs, and commemorative events, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum seeks to educate the public – particularly the 100 million Americans born since the attacks or those too young to remember – about the consequences of terrorism and its impact on individuals and communities. Through preserving and sharing stories of resilience, compassion, and courage, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum hopes to inspire individuals to build a more compassionate and secure world. For more information or to reserve a ticket to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, please visit 911memorial.org.

Erin Gaddis | (214) 673-9435 | press@911memorial.org