9/11 Memorial 5K Run & Chili Cook-Off

Wilmington, NC


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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pier 33 (Downtown Wilmington)
10 Harnett St.
Wilmington, NC 

No one will ever be able to erase what happened on September 11th, 2001, but we can continue to keep those who were lost alive by honoring their memory and bringing goodness to others in their name. It is our hope to bring our community together in an event that will resoundingly spread the words “We Will Never Forget.”

Please allow us to introduce you to the 9/11 Memorial Run & Chili Cook Off, an event of honor, remembrance, and salute to the lives lost on September 11th, 2001.

As the city of Wilmington wakes on a beautiful September morning, runners will coming together to participate in a traditionally timed 5k run (3.1 miles). At the finish of this 5K, runners will stoically continue to walk until 3.43 miles has been reached to honor the 343 firefighters lost that day. The 5K run will begin at the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by American Airlines flight 11 at 8:46 AM and the 1 Mile will begin at the time the South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by United Airlines flight 175 at 9:03 AM.

The city of Wilmington will be embodied with camaraderie as men and women in uniform begin the race in solidarity for their fallen brothers and sisters and young families, avid runners, and community members of all ages join together in with pride, grace, humility.

Following the run, will be a one of a kind chili cook-off between the fire department, police department, local organizations, and the media. Appreciation and gratitude for our emergency workers and the community they support will be thick in the air. There will be music, delicious food, drinks, activities for families, and a showcase of emergency apparatus.

The best part about this event is the ways that we will be able to help others in honor of the fallen through financial assistance given to the organization from a multitude of sponsors, as well as other donated items. “There is nothing greater than love; it is stronger than any evil, any darkness.” - Cecelia Galante

Please join in bringing forth a new tradition for the City of Wilmington and it’s surrounding communities and let us come together to spread the spirit of giving and the beauty of our humanity to those in need. Good will always prevail and “We Will Never Forget.”


Friday, September 11, 2020
Location TBA

Times TBA: Pre-Race Packet Pickup

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Pier 33 (Downtown Wilmington)

10 Harnett St.
Wilmington, NC 
7:00 AM  –  Registration Opens
8:45 AM  –  Registration Closes
8:46 AM  –  5K Start (Time WTC North Tower was hit)
9:03 AM  –  1 Mile Start (Time WTC South Tower was hit)
9:45 AM  –  Awards
10:00 AM  –  Chili Cook-Off Starts
2:00 PM  –  Chili Cook-Off Ends

When & Where

Sep 12, 2020


8:46 AM

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