The Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race was born from an idea to start a road race after two Arlington County Police Officers had returned from a similar road race in Buffalo, New York. The first Arlington 9/11 Race was held on September 7, 2002, with 2600 runners, and raised approximately $40,000.
Since its inception, the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race has had over 40,000 runners cross its finish line and has raised over $700,000 for 9/11-related charities.
This year the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race will donate all funds to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Project Enduring Pride, and National Police Suicide Foundation. Each of these charities support the families of fallen public safety officers and our Armed Services.
Past charities of the 9/11 Race include: TAPS, Shadow Warriors, American Red Cross, Fisher House, Homes for Our Troops, Project Enduring Pride, Pentagon Memorial Fund, NY/NJ Transit Police Fund, Operation Purple, Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Project, and Segs4Vets.
The race is now an annual event in the DC Metro area, eagerly anticipated by the competitive and recreational runners alike. This annual event occurs seamlessly every year thanks to a core dedicated race committee comprising of Arlington County first responders, lots of enthusiastic volunteers, and the generosity of our various corporate sponsors. Past event sponsors include the Doubletree Hotel, Mr. Days Restaurant, Northrop Grumman, Aramark, Pacers Running Stores, just to name a few.
Nearly sixteen years after the September 11th attacks, the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race continues to provide an avenue for local area businesses and residents to remember the victims of the attacks on 9/11. The race also honors the countless first responders and military personnel who responded that day and honors their continuous fight in the war on terrorism.
The Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race is a 501c3 Tax-Exempt Charity.