The 911 Promise Run, established in 2016, is an event that is being held to keep a promise that was made 16 years ago when our country, the United States of America, was attacked. Many lives were lost and we continue to deal with the aftermath. This event will honor the lives of those lost, the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage, the folks today that continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad, and the children and families who were directly impacted.

In 2016, a team of seven runners from different backgrounds came together and ran from the Pentagon to Ground Zero while raising over $23K all of which went to two charities, Tuesday's Children and the FealGood Foundation.  During this run, they connected and formed friendships with local fire departments, police departments and community members.  They remembered and they honored.

For 2017, relay teams consisting of 8-10 people will once again run over the course of three days starting near the Pentagon on Saturday, 09/09/2017 and finishing at Ground Zero on Monday, 09/11/2017. Each team will cover approximately 245 miles. All teams must average a 10-minute mile pace to ensure that the mileage is covered. The 911 Promise Run is not a race – but an event that is being held for a bigger cause. There will be no winner – or second place or third place. Rather, two charities will reap the benefits of fundraising that will occur between April 1 and October 1, 2017. Each runner will experience a journey that will entail running for an amazing cause, a weekend of fun with family and friends, and the opportunity to never forget and to always keep that promise.

There is no registration fee or participation fee for the 911 Promise Run. However, from April 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017 each individual will commit to raising a minimum of $1000 that will go directly to the two charities that have been chosen to benefit from this event. Each participant, runner and/or volunteer, will be issued a Crowdrise fundraising webpage that he/she can create and provide a story as to why they are running. This webpage will allow for donors to directly donate to the two charities and a live feed will show how much has been donated.

The reason behind the 911 Promise Run


What Runner is Responsible For: 

VAN: Each team is responsible for providing their own 15-passenger van or similar vehicle. We are working on discounts for vans for this event – stay tuned! Each team should bring some type of deodorizer to keep in the van – it’s gonna get stinky! We highly recommend decorating the van so that you show team spirit and can be seen by passers-by. We will provide gas cards to each team.

LODGING: We are currently working with each designated local town to provide, free or discounted lodging.  For the first night, we have confirmed that the Singerly Fire Department located in Elkton, MD will provide dinner and allow us to sleep at the firehouse!  We are working on something similar for night two!  Each individual is responsible for their nightly lodging in New York City on 9/11 if one chooses to stay the night.

If you so choose to stay near the Pentagon the night before the start, we have coordinated with:

DoubleTree Hotel
300 Army Navy Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 416-4100

If you choose to stay here the night prior to the start, please contact Jennifer DePoto, (703) 969-1062, jennifer.depoto@gmail.com.  

REFLECTIVE VEST: Each team is responsible for providing a reflective vest and headlamp for the runner. We’ll be running in the early hours and until dusk or thereabouts; safety must remain a priority.

Each runner will be responsible for getting to the designated start location the morning of Saturday, 9/9 and their return to the Washington, DC or home area.


911 Promise Run
The 9/11 Promise Run is a 240 mile relay, where teams run from the Pentagon and Ground Zero to honor those who gave fearlessly on 9/11 and to those who continue to fight for our country.

Questions or Comments?

Jennifer DePoto


The 9/11 Promise Run has set up it's own page on Crowd Rise. CrowdRise is an innovative, cost-effective online fundraising website for personal fundraisers, non-profit fundraising and event fundraising. Raise money online for causes and have the most fun in the world while doing it.