Needless to say Jimmy did it again! The spirit of “Regs” and his brothers in arms brought over 650 people to the west side of Manhattan on November 16, 2008 for the 2nd annual “A Run Down Hero Highway.” Some 5 days after Veterans Day we descended on the sacred ground near Ground Zero and Lady Liberty and took off on a 4.5 mile “fun/run” with nothing but smiles and strides of pride. In addition to friends, families and notable patriots who were with us last year, the 2nd annual run drew countless supporters from the 75th Ranger Regiment, FDNY, NYPD, The West Point Lacrosse Team, a Royal Marine and various other veterans groups. This was a patriotic display for the ages.
The day was started with introductory remarks from Jim Regan followed by a legendary rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America from Joey Horrowitz. This year we were sent off by Fire 1, the NY Fire Boat, which showered red, white and blue water cannons into the Hudson to celebrate the occasion. Runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes and ages took to the path donning the #10 race day tee-shirt and patriotic costumes galore. Congratulations to Ben Fenton for winning the best costume award! Ben was awarded a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol the day before the run, in honor of Jimmy Regan. The flag came with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen T. Ayers, AIA (Acting Architect of the Capitol). Post run we had another blow-out celebration at the Chelsea Brewery where Joey provided live music entertainment and we toasted to Jimmy and the protectors of our Country. This year the press caught wind and News Channel 11 captured the moments with live feed and interviews that were aired on the evening news.
We can’t thank enough all the supporters who joined us for this occasion. Over the last two years, “A Run Down Hero Highway” has raised close to $50,000 for the Lead the Way Fund and the families of our fallen or disabled Army Rangers. This event, which serves to capture the spirit and reach of Jimmy Regan’s legacy will happen every year around Veterans Day and will continue to grow in depth and enjoyment for all who are involved. We would like to give special thanks to Jamie Brodsky, Daniel Roediger, Keating Crown, Andrew Stroud, Daniel Hauber and Chris Haunss for their tireless efforts to making this day a success. We would also like to thank Alison Haunss and the News Channel 11 team, Scott Rosenzweig and Matt Zash from the Lax Hut for their sponsorship and tee-shirts, Joey Horrowitz, Mary McHugh, The Regan Family, The Hotarek Family, Bob Petersen, Bob Smith and all of the other volunteers who helped make this day so special.
Please be on the look out for details of the 3rd annual “A Run Down Hero Highway!”