Army ROTC Cadets and Cadre participating in the 9/11 Heroes 5K Run in Denver, Colorado – September 11, 2021
This year the Army ROTC Golden Buffalo Battalion was invited to participate in the annual 9/11 Heroes Run at Great Lawn Park in Denver, Colorado. The 5K run typically takes place on or near September 11th. The event welcomes runners, ruckers, and walkers of all ages and activity levels to join in on the fun. This event was created to honor local veterans, their families, and first responders.
This year’s event attracted 220 participants (132 male and 88 female). The race started at 9:00 a.m. and by the time the race commenced, the weather was a balmy 96 degrees.
And in typical fashion…our Cadets and Cadre alike came to represent. With only 25 Cadets and 4 Cadre signed up for the race, we seemed to take home a large portion of the race wins. The race results were as follows:
Top three overall finishers
1. CDT Kieran Haug – bib 85 with a time of 17:45, attending University of Colorado Boulder, placed 1st
2. CDT Jack Fanikos – bib 95 with a time of 18:43, attending University of Colorado Boulder, placed 2nd
3. CDT Christian Fin – bib 101 with a time of 18:59, attending University of Colorado Boulder, placed 3rd
Top males 18-25
1. CDT Parker White – bib 104 with a time of 19:43, attending University of Colorado Boulder, placed 5th
2. CDT Corbin Hoppe – bib 105 with a time of 20:00, attending University of Colorado Boulder, placed 6th
3. CDT Jacob Miller – bib 103 with a time of 20:02, attending Regis University, placed 7th
Top females 18-25
1. CDT Adali Matz – bib 98 with a time of 25:43, attending Colorado School of Mines, placed 1st
3. CDT Ava Houser – bib 86 with a time of 26:18, attending Colorado Christian University, placed 3rd
Top males 25-35
1. MSG Evan Reed – bib 110 with a time of 22:16, Cadre at University of Colorado Boulder, placed 1st
Top females 25-35
2. MAJ Jenn Staton – bib 111 with a time of 29:47, Cadre at University of Colorado Boulder, placed 2nd
This run was started back in 2007 by the family of fallen 1LT Travis Manion (USMS) as a grassroots run in his hometown of Doyletown, Pennsylvania. The 9/11 Heroes Run currently has more than 90 race locations around the world, with more than 38 different states participating across the country. Proceeds are used to directly support the Travis Manion Foundation’s mission to empower our nation’s veterans and families of our fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. Or in select locations, a portion of race proceeds are granted back to a local nonprofit partner whose mission is also to empower these heroes.
Congratulations to all of our Cadets and Cadre that participated.