BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Hundreds turned out for the 9/11 Heroes Run in Bangor Sunday morning.
Despite the weather, runners went the extra mile to give back to those who sacrificed everything for their country.
"When 9/11 first happened I never really guessed like what kind of impact it would have on me," said David Aston, Chapter President of Team Red, White & Blue. Aston served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It's been humbling to not only be able to serve but serve alongside the heroes that 9/11 had wrought as terrible as an event as it was,” Aston said.
The organization honors heroes like Travis Manion, who was killed in Iraq back in 2007. His mother created the foundation that now holds races, like the one held in Bangor, in cities all across the country.
"They started the campaign 'If Not Me, Then Who' and they're really about empowering veterans, activating them in their communities and giving back,” race director Brittany Young said.
All of the funds go to help Veterans transition to life after war.
"We're here to just bring awareness, support the Travis Manion Foundation, support troops our military and first responders,” Young said.
Area firefighters, police and first responders also took part in the event.
“We put ourselves through some hard work to commemorate the lives that were sacrificed on 9/11,” said Ellsworth PD Sgt. Glen Moshier.
"Back after 9/11 everyone wanted to be a police officer, everyone loved police officers and firefighters and we hope that events like this will kind of bring that back to people's memory,” Sgt. Moshier said.
Organizers said this was the event's largest year yet — they raised nearly $7,000.
"It shows how the local community can come together as one and it doesn't matter who won the race today or who finished last. Today everyone is a winner,” first-place runner Philip Lebreton said.
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