HR 0MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/8/19) — Hundreds of runners lined the streets of downtown Madisonville Saturday night to remember those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

The shotgun start began shortly after 8 p.m. on East Center Street for the seventh annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run. Numerous veterans participated as well as firefighters and police officers. Some of the first responders and veterans ran wearing full gear.

Pictures of veterans and other items were patriotically arranged Saturday afternoon around town including a large flag draped over Main Street. The names of 343 first responders who died in the line of duty could be seen off Main Street.

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Visitors looked over the names of more than 200 local first responders also placed on the Historic Hopkins County Courthouse lawn today. Michael Wright, Madisonville North Hopkins High School JROTC member, looked at the inscriptions, saying he also plans to serve the country. Several members of his family are active, local volunteer firefighters.

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Runners were checking times posted at the race finish line, and then gathered at First United Bank Plaza as medals were awarded to top finishers in their age groups. Jackson Watts, 17 of Slaughters, was the overall full course winner, finishing the race in 16:50 followed by Joshu Craig, 18 of Hanson in second and Ryan Roland in third. For results, click here.

A large portion of the money raised will go toward supporting local first responders with professional gear needed for daily heroic duties.

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