4th Annual A Run Down Hero Highway
Race with Penn Staters and Show Support for US Veterans
On Sunday, November 14, 2010, join strides with with fellow Penn Staters other New Yorkers for the 4th Annual Run Down Hero Highway and to celebrate the life of local hero Sgt. James J. Regan, who was killed in Iraq while serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. This 4.5 mile fun run/walk benefits The Lead The Way Fund, Inc., 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.
When: Sunday,November 14
9:03 AM - Registration
10:00 AM - Run/Walk
11:00 AM - Post-Race Party at PJ Clarks
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)
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
Meet up with fellow Penn Staters at registration to run/walk together or meet us at the post-race party!
More details about the event:
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 HighSchool 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 14th 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.