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9/11 remembrance run to be held in Traverse City

9/11 Run

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- ”It was just sheer terror,” said Traverse City Resident Jen Casey. Sixteen years ago on September 11, 2001. Casey was in New York City when the towers fell. While she was miles away from the incident, it was still close in her heart and the hearts of those she knew.

“At night, I was a spinning instructor with one of the chief of the fire departments who was the first responding team, who sent his men in that day that never returned,” Casey said.

The attack also hit home with Grand Traverse Area Fire Chief Pat Parker.

“Of course being firefighters, it hit us pretty hard,” Parker said. "That day, we promised those families and that department that we would never forget.”

While the department has held a memorial every year, this year will be different.

“It’s always had a huge impact on my life," Casey said. "I've wanted to find a way to honor this day so here we are.”

To remember, Casey created the first ever Traverse City 9/11 Remembrance 5K, with the proceeds benefiting the September 11 families association in New York City and local first responders, who also plan to make an appearance.

“We’re actually going to have firefighters there in our turnout gear and we’re going to be trying to run through the course as well,” Parker said.

By creating the new annual event, Casey hopes to make sure that the day will never be forgotten, even by those were too young to remember.

“It’s something that we’ll never forget," Casey said. "I want to be able to show the younger generation what happened on that day, and just to never forget.”

The 5K run or walk takes place Sunday, September 10 starting and ending at F and M park in Traverse City. The start time for the race is 8:46 a.m., the same time the first tower was hit.

You can sign up for the event HERE.

UpNorthLive is a media sponsor of the event.

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