Local Group Heading to 9/11 Race to Support Victims and Responders
Thursday, September 11 marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Virginia.
The Arlington police, fire and sheriff's departments have put on an annual race in honor of those who responded to the 9/11 attack, and one local group left for the race Saturday morning.
In the past 13 years, nearly 30,000 first responders and other citizens have ran in the Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K in Virginia. They've been able to raised nearly half-a-million dollars for various 9/11 charities. This year, several members of local law enforcement in Wheeling decided they wanted to support the race and have hit the ground running, literally.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger had heard of the Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K at his previous job in Virginia and felt like it was something his current department would love to be a part of. "He mentioned it and we took 12 guys down last year, it was automatic, there was no hesitation once he said 'Do you guys want to participate and go down there and do this?' We took 12 last year, we're taking 8 this year, it was a no-brainier," said Wheeling Police Sergeant. Gregg McKenzie.
McKenzie says the experience of running the race last year is something that is hard to describe but led to them returning this year.
"To say it's something awesome to see, you really can't express it, you have to be there. It's an incredible sight to see what Arlington does in this event," McKenzie said.
The course takes runners along the side of the Pentagon where American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into and killed 184 people.