The inaugural 2019 9/11 Promise Bike is a challenging three-day road bike ride from the Pentagon to the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA. Our purpose is to honor and remember the courage and heroism the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 showed on September 11, 2001, and the sacrifices made by first responders and our military in the days, months, and years after.

Covering approximately 210 miles and 15,000’ of vertical along two-lane state and single-lane county roads, the ride will challenge every category of rider. We welcome experienced road cyclists, from novice to advanced, to join us on this meaningful journey and with our sag support, we’ll ensure every cyclist can complete the entire journey, even if it means you need a lift up and over some of the challenging climbs. Unlike the 9/11 Promise Run, interested cyclists will sign up as individuals (instead of joining a team). The actual ride, however, will be accomplished by groups of like-ability cyclists.

Starting at the Pentagon on Day 1, we’ll ride the relatively flat W&OD Trail from Arlington to Leesburg, Virginia and then cross the Potomac at Whites Ferry and into the undulating and beautiful farm land around Poolesville, MD. Riding north into historic downtown Frederick, MD and past Hood College will be a welcome change from the rural roads, but not for long, as we push north to Emmitsburg, MD along some of the most scenic, bike-friendly roads in the state.  Riding past Mount Saint Mary’s College and into Emmitsburg marks our arrival at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Fire Academy and the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial. There, we’ll appreciate the significance of that memorial and their 9/11 memorial to conclude our first day.

Day 2, we’ll start out west along Route 16 and ride through the historic and charming towns of Greencastle, Mercersburg, and McConnellsburg as we approach the Appalachian Mountains. Not to worry, there’s a 1000’ climb between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg to shake out our legs that morning (and our sag support will be standing by to shuttle you over if you’re not ready for it!) We’ll make our way south and then north to cross the Appalachians (a pair of 600’ climbs) with incredible views) and then continue north and west towards Bedford through beautiful farm country. Day 2 will end west of Bedford.

Day 3, we’ll make the final miles to the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, which is an uphill ride that will remind us of the determination showed by the passengers and crew of that flight. The final few miles into the park are relatively flat and give us a chance to regroup before the morning’s ceremony that we’ll attend together. Post ceremony, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the memorial area and visitor center before we board our bus for the 3.5 hour drive back to Arlington, VA.

Things to keep in mind…. Like the run, this is an open course. There are no closed roads. There will be no police presence at intersections. Cyclists must follow and obey traffic and pedestrian laws. We’ll have sag wagons along the route to help!

Safety must come first! This will be an unforgettable journey for a GREAT cause!


Be Safe:
We are traveling through cities, small towns and rural areas. Your safety is imperative to having a successful event. When on the shoulder, cyclists must travel in the same direction as vehicles. Remain alert and follow all road and safety rules.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings:
There may be police presence in some areas but with cyclists spread out we can’t make any guarantees. Check before crossing streets and follow traffic signals. Make eye contact with drivers and use proper hand gestures to ensure they see you and know you are crossing.

The 9/11 Promise Bike is a bike to remember and honor the lives lost, their families, first responders and military. Please know you are representing all of the athletes participating and the 9/11 Promise Run charity. Respect the surrounding environment, display courtesy and good taste. Please carry all trash and recyclables with you and dispose of appropriately.

While the bike is to remember 9/11 new memories will be made and friendships forged. Have fun, take in the moment and talk to others about your journey you encounter. You are a part an amazing adventure for a great cause, much bigger than us. Embrace what you’re doing and know your time and commitment is valued more than words can describe.


LODGING: Who wants to experience sleeping in a firehouse? On night one, cyclists will stay at the Vigilant Hose Fire Company located in Emmitsburg, PA.  On night two, we are working with several fire departments in Somerset County, PA to establish lodging.  Yes!  Cyclists will be sleeping in firehouses (there is no charge for this).

REFLECTIVE VEST: Each cyclist is responsible for providing reflective gear and their bike. We’ll be riding in the early hours and until dusk or thereabouts; safety must remain a priority.  Cyclists will also have to provide any specific nutrition.  We will have water stops along the route which will provide basic nutrition; however, if you have any specific dietary nutrition needs, you will need to provide this.

Each cyclist will be responsible for getting to the designated start location the morning of September 9th.  We will provide a box truck and vans who will then transport all cyclists and gear back to the Washington, DC area.


Sunday: 09/08/2019

6:00 PM: Mandatory meeting for all runners, cyclists and team captains. This meeting will go over the event, routes, rules, etc. Location of meeting TBD. If one is not able to make the meeting, they must provide prior notification to Jennifer DePoto, (703) 969-1062 or They will be required to watch a video and sign a waiver that the video has been viewed.

Monday: 09/09/2019

5:30 AM: All cyclists and volunteers must meet at the designated start location no later than 5:30 AM.

6:30 AM: Cyclists will begin sharply at 6:30 a.m.

8:00 PM: Throughout the day, cyclists will cover approximately 80 miles and will finish the day of cycling in Gettysburg, PA no later than 8pm. All cyclists must be in by 8pm.

8:30 PM: There will be a meal served at 8:30pm (Gettysburg Fire Department, Gettysburg, PA).

Tuesday: 09/10/2019

6:00 AM: All cyclists and volunteers must meet at the designated start location no later than 5:30 AM.

6:30 AM: Cyclists will begin sharply at 6:30 a.m.

7:00 PM: Throughout the day, cyclists will cover approximately 60-70 miles and will finish the day of running in approximately Breezewood, PA no later than 7pm. All cyclists must be in by 7pm.

7:30 PM: There will be a meal served at 7:30pm.

Wednesday: 09/11/2019

6:00 AM: All cyclists and volunteers must meet at the designated start location no later than 6:00 AM.

6:30 AM:  Cyclists will begin sharply at 6:30 a.m.

9:30 AM: Throughout the morning, cyclists will cover approximately 30-45 miles. All cyclists will meet at the entrance of the Flight 93 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, PA so that everyone can be in place for the reading of the names at 10:03 a.m..



If a registered athlete cancels between 1 September to 11 September:

  • Registration is deferred to following year (details below)
  • The athlete is held accountable for $1000 donation

DEFER POLICY DETAILS: If you are unable to participate due to a change of schedule or life events, athletes may defer their entry slot to the same event the following year. Deferrals do not carry over beyond the following year’s race. Athletes wishing to defer, will be provided with a unique entry code and must re-enter the event after entries open for the following year’s event. Keep in mind that the event has a capacity limit therefore the athlete’s entry slot is not guaranteed. Deferred athletes will not be allowed to register if the event closes before the athlete attempts to enter. In order to defer your registration, you will need to email me at

All athletes must register. All athletes must commit to raising $1000. When signing up, you will be asked to provide a credit card number on your Crowdrise fundraising page. This is a secure site. Each participant will have a deadline of October 1, 2019 to raise all funds. Any funds that are not raised after that deadline will be charged to your credit card and you will receive a contribution letter for tax purposes.

There is a $125 registration fee to help cover the costs of the event.

All cyclists and volunteers must complete and sign a waiver to participate.

WARNING: Read carefully. This agreement includes a release of liability and waiver of legal rights and deprives your of the right to sue those parties noted herein. Do not sign this agreement unless you have read it in its entirety.

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