Valencia to Hold ‘Run for the Heroes 5K’ to Honor 9/11 Firefighters, Police


Orlando, FL – Valencia College’s Alumni Association, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lake Nona, will hold a 5K and 2.5K race on Saturday, Sept. 7, to raise money for scholarships for first responders.The Valencia College Family Run/Walk for Heroes will start at 6:30 p.m. at Valencia College’s Osceola Campus, located at Denn John Lane in Kissimmee.

The running event will be one of several college events held to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001. 

Everyone is invited to participate – runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes and children. Awards will be given to those who place in their age division, as well as overall awards.

The entry fee is $25 for participants who sign up before Aug. 31. The fee is $30 for  those who sign up between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5, and will rise to $35 on race day. For Valencia students, alumni and retirees, the registration fee is $20 before Sept. 5 and $35 on race day.

Participants may pick up their race packets, which include their race numbers and T-shirts, at Valencia College’s Osceola Campus on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Building 4. Packets will also be available for pickup on race day, starting at 5 p.m.

Awards will be given in age-group categories and for overall top male and female finishers, as well as top male and female finishers in the masters division. The event will be chip-timed, as will the 2.5K race, but no awards will be given for the 2.5K race, which is a fun-run event.

All proceeds will go toward the Rotary Club of Lake Nona’s Sept. 11 Memorial Fund to support Valencia scholarships for emergency responders.

For safety reasons, in-line skates, bicycles and pets will not be allowed on the race course. Headphones are discouraged. Baby joggers are welcome. All participants pushing a baby-jogger or stroller will be asked to start at the back of the starting pack.

For additional information or to register online, please go to

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