A Run Down Hero Highway
November 14, 2010
Last year over 850 people joined us on New York City’s Hudson River Park along “Hero Highway” demonstrating an unbelievable display of human spirit. In the past three years we have run/walked and together raised over $150,000 for the families of our U.S. Army Rangers.
On Sunday November 14, 2010, our friends, families, colleagues and patriotic neighbors are taking to the streets one more time. We are joining strides a few days after Veterans Day to celebrate the life of local hero Sgt. James J. Regan, recognize past and present protectors of our Flag and to celebrate the unbreakable resolve of the American soul. Together we are going to embark on a 4.5 mile Fun Run/Walk down “Hero Highway” to raise money for the Lead The Way Fund. Your participation, pride and support are key!
COME RUN WITH US AGAIN!
Registration is close. Walk-in’s are welcome… See you there!
The logistics for the event are as follows (see attached flier for full details):
When: Sunday, November 14, 2010
What: 4.5 mile Fun Run/Walk, followed by a post-race party
Where: Registration – Pier 46 (Charles Street and West Street);
Post-race party – PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson – 250 Vesey Street (located in the World Financial Center)
9:03am: We register
10:00am: We run/walk
11:00am: We toast together at post race party
Cost: $50 Adult; $25 Student; $20 under 12 (toddlers free)
*includes “A Run Down Hero Highway” tee-shirt and post-race brunch
*all costs increase by $10 day for walk-ins
Dress: Patriotic and WARM! There will be a prize for best patriotic costume
Register: Click the “Add to Cart” buttons above to securely register for this event.
Who: Everyone you know who would enjoy this day. This is a family friendly event, children and strollers are welcome
The Lead The Way Fund was created in honor of our friend and teammate Sgt. James J. Regan (“Jimmy”) who was killed in Iraq while serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Jimmy was a star in all senses of the word. Growing up in Manhasset Long Island, Jimmy excelled both academically and athletically at Chaminade High School and later became a scholarship lacrosse player at Duke University. After graduating from Duke, Jimmy answered the greater calling within him and in 2004 enlisted in the United States Army. There he graduated 1st in his Basic Training Class out of 400 soldiers and later earned himself a place amongst the coveted, revered and feared Army Rangers. Jimmy went on to serve his Country with pride and valor for two tours in the rugged hills of Afghanistan and two tours in the city streets of Iraq.
On February 9, 2007, while serving what was to be his final deployment to the Middle East before leaving the Army, Jimmy was tragically struck down in Baqubah, Iraq. As expected, he was a decorated soldier, earning a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and several other medals marking his service and leadership in some of the darkest corners on some of the darkest days. With his all-American smile and un-matched character, Jimmy Regan was everything that is beautiful about the human soul and everything that is great about our Country.
The Lead The Way Fund, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization established by the Regan Family to raise funds in support of families of U.S. Army Rangers who have died, have been disabled or who are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. The average annual income of an Army Ranger is below $25,000, typically leaving them with insufficient means to provide for their families if they are killed or disabled. The funds raised by the Lead The Way Fund at events like the “A Run Down Hero Highway” provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness and other financial aid programs.
On November 15th we register at 9:03am (the time denoting when UA Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower at the World Trade Center), and then we run for Jimmy and the countless others like him who provide the blanket of freedom we sleep so soundly under. We will make our way down the Hudson River Park, past Ground Zero with our eyes on the Statue of Liberty. This swath of lower Manhattan on West St. which many of our friends and family walked down to escape the terror of 9/11 is sacred ground and affectionately deemed… “Hero Highway.” There is no better place to honor the life of Jimmy Regan and the sacrifice of our soldiers.
Please forward this along to anyone you think would have an interest in partaking in this event or in donating to the Lead the Way Fund. We hope you can come out to join us!
God Bless America,