Runners plow through rain in remembrance of Doylestown native

September 12, 2012 by  

The weather on Saturday, September 8, was confusing for many. It threatened rain for much of the day, only to hold off.

Under what appeared to be dry skies, the 5 kilometer run and walk to raise funds for the Travis Manion Foundation began in Pottstown, near Doylestown, PA. Minutes into the race, a heavy downpour began. Instead of stopping or turning around, the runners and walkers pressed on. The first runner completed the race within 20 minutes. After 45 minutes, the last walkers and runners crossed the finish line.

The Travis Manion Foundation was named in honor of a Doylestown native, Manion, who was killed in Iraq in 2007 by sniper fire. The motto of the organization is to “honor the fallen by challenging the living.” It was started by Manion’s mother to support veterans and the families of fallen soldiers.

Saturday’s race was held in cities around the country to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. In addition to the rainy Pottstown race, races were held in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. The races were a family affair where very small children were pulled along the route in strollers or in wagons.

Doylestown print companies could have been called into action to get ready for the race. Banner printing could have been used to mark the start and finish lines. Printing was also used to produce the sign in materials and markers worn by runners.