The 9/11 Promise Run, established in 2016, is an event that is being held to keep a promise that was made in 2001 when our country, the United States of America, was attacked. Many lives were lost, and we continue to deal with the aftermath. This event honors the lives lost, the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage, and our military who continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad. The 911 Promise Run is not a race – but an event that is being held for a bigger cause. There is no winner – or second place or third place.

In 2016, a team of seven runners from different backgrounds came together and ran from the Pentagon to Ground Zero while raising over $23K all of which went to charity. During this run, they connected and formed friendships with local fire departments, police departments and community members. They remembered, and they honored.

Each year, this event has grown in size and in fundraising totals. More individuals have signed up to participate; more fire houses, police departments and community members have also gotten involved. To date, the event has raised $150,000 all of which has gone to charity! The charities which have been involved include Tuesday’s Children, FealGood Foundation, American Red Cross, Operation Homefront and Hope For The Warriors.

In 2018, the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc. established 501c3 status {EIN: 82-4072961} and in doing so began to raise scholarship funds for children of first responders and military who have died in the line of duty, or who become injured or ill (to include PTSD) and cannot return to work. The first scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2020!

2019 proved to be a big year for the 9/11 Promise charity!  We launched the inaugural 9/11 Promise Bike!  This event also began at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on September 9, 2019.  While Run Relay teams made their way to Ground Zero, Bike Relay teams consisting of two to three people per team, made their trek to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.  Both Run and Bike events completed their journey on 11 September.  Also, in 2019, we held the inaugural Night Among the Stars & Stripes social event (see tab for additional information)!

2020 will be a special year for the organization as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the 9/11 Promise Run!  We will once again have both a Run and Bike event that will take place starting on September 9, 2020.  Athletes will continue to raise scholarship funds for the children of heroes!

Each athlete will experience a journey of a lifetime! The opportunity to remember and honor, to raise funds for children of those who have sacrificed for our communities and nation, and to grow with family and friends.

There is a nominal registration fee of $100 which will help pay for the event costs. Additionally, from December 1, 2018 to October 1, 2020 each individual will commit to raising a minimum of $1000 that will go directly to the 911 Promise Run charity. Each athlete will be issued a GoFundMe fundraising webpage that he/she can create and provide a story as to why they are running. This webpage will allow for donors to directly donate to the charity and a live feed will show how much has been donated.

The Reason Behind the 911 Promise Run

Experience the Journey

The 9/11 Promise is a journey of remembrance and honor while also providing an opportunity to help the children of those who have sacrificed for our communities and country. The journey begins at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and individuals will have a choice to run to Ground Zero or to bike to Shanksville, PA.


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Jennifer DePoto


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