Found out about some new additions to the upcoming 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute Walk and Run, which I highlight in this week’s column.
The Medal Stand: 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute Walk and Run upcoming
The weekend after Labor Day will be a particularly busy one with numerous local events scheduled.
For two days, Snake River Landing will be the venue for one particular event that commemorates the upcoming 17-year anniversary of 9/11.
The fifth annual Paul Davis 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute Walk and Run begins September 7 with a fundraising dinner banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Waterfront. Captain Calhoun and Chief Fitzgerald of the New York Fire Department will be guest speakers. There will also be a presentation of the flag flown over Ground Zero and a live auction.
The walk and run take place the morning of Sept. 8. Registration is 7:30 a.m. with the opening activities to follow. The race begins at 9 a.m. Other activities are planned throughout Sept. 8, including speeches by Calhoun and Fitgerald, raffles, performances by the Idaho Falls and Madison Pipes and Drums, a children’s firefighter challenge course, demonstrations of fire equipment and smoke trailer simulation.
The event’s proceeds have benefited organizations such as the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Foundation, the Eastern Idaho F.O.O.L.S. (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society) and the Idaho Falls and Bonneville County Fraternal Order of Police Domestic Violence and Assault Center. Additionally, this year’s event will benefit the New York Firefighters Burn Center.
Additional information about these events, including how to register, is available at http://www.facebook.com/911fallenheroesrun
Coming up locally
The annual Pocatello Marathon takes place Saturday morning. Start times are as follows: 6:13 a.m. for wheelchair/handcycle marathon, 6:15 a.m. for the marathon, 7:55 a.m. for the wheelchair/handcycle half marathon, 8 a.m. for half marathon, 8:40 a.m. for the wheelchair/handcycle 10K, 8:45 a.m. for the 10K, 8:55 a.m. for the wheelchair/handcycle 5K, 9 a.m. for the 5K, 10:30 a.m. for kids 0.2 mile-race (11 years old and younger) and 10:45 a.m. 1-mile (18 years old and younger).
Team USA Update
U.S. cyclist Ben King won stage four of the Vuelta a España on Tuesday in Spain. The stage covers 101 miles and is the first mountain stage of the three-week race. It was a career first Grand Tour stage victory for King.
Last Saturday marked the two-year mark until the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo. The U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team claimed silver at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany, defeating Poland, Great Britain, South Korea, Morocco, Argentina and Australia before falling to Great Britain 79-62 in the gold medal game.
Three U.S. women placed in the top 10 at the World Triathlon Series stop in Montreal over the weekend: Taylor Knibb (ninth), Taylor Spivey (seventh) and Kate Zaferes (second). Zaferes maintains a 34-point lead in the the overall World Triathlon Series rankings over Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, who edged Zaferes by 12 seconds to win Saturday in one hour, 59 minutes, 29 seconds. Whoever wins the Grand Final on Sept. 15 in Gold Coast, Australia, will be world champion.