5K Run/Walk & Community Day

While we are disappointed that we could not join together again for the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk and Community Day, we are deeply grateful to all our registrants, corporate teams, and sponsors for their support. We look forward to coming together again in April 2021.

An array of hand-crafted Stars of Hope decorate a fence near the 9/11 Memorial plaza.  The stars bear messages such "Peace," "Keep the Faith," and "Love Wins."
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Video: 5K Run/Walk & Community Day


The purpose of the 5K Run/Walk event is to commemorate the 2,977 people killed on 9/11 and to honor the spirit and resilience of New York City. The course follows what came to be known as the “Hero Highway,” named after the crowds that would gather to cheer the thousands of rescue workers making their way to Ground Zero in the days and weeks following the attacks.

Once again, our city and our nation are faced with unthinkable loss, and the number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear. But there is reason to hope. And although we won't be able to come together to celebrate the rescue and recovery workers who persevered to recover the victims, clear Ground Zero, and enable our city to rebuild and renew, please take a moment to celebrate the brave individuals who are heroically rising to this new challenge.

The pandemic has brought forward a new wave of first responders: doctors, nurses, supermarket workers, warehouse personnel, truck drivers, transit workers, police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers, and so many more. “Hero Highways” are now popping up across the country with every shift change.

Each year, at our Community Day, together with the New York Says Thank You Foundation, we create Stars of HOPE—expressions of compassion and connection through creativity. Join us now in creating your own physical or virtual star to share in your home or online via social media. Together we will heal.

Make Your Own Stars of Hope

We invite you, your organization, and your home-based employees and their families to join us as we create hope to lift the spirits of our frontline heroes! All you have to do is:

  • Print out the Stars of HOPE paper template.
  • Create your Star of HOPE using markers, crayons, pastels, chalks, and fun glittery stuff.
  • If you don’t have a printer, you can still create a Star of Hope. Save the PDF below to your phone or desktop to “mark up,” or use a program like Paint or Photoshop. Or just draw your own! 
  • Post pictures of your Stars of HOPE on social media. Tag us on Instagram or Facebook @911Memorial or Twitter @Sept11Memorial. Use the tag #StarsofHope on Twitter and Instagram.
A half-dozen people in jogging clothes sprint down a street during the annual 5K Run/Walk. It’s morning and sunlight shines through the budding trees above them.
Photo by Monika Graff
A graphic lists the 2020 sponsors of the 5K Run/Walk & Community Day.

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We invite you to join us for stories of inspiration and hope in this unprecedented time as we remain committed to honoring our mission to the fullest degree. 

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