The 9/11 Promise Run route guarantees that you will see sites you typically do not have the opportunity to experience... it’s like a step back in time running through our country's history and roots.  Your journey will take you by monuments in Washington D.C., the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, down Broad Street to City Hall in Philadelphia, and a beautiful run along the Hudson River before we end our journey at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. You will experience the blue collar neighborhoods that built the North East, ports and harbors that deliver cargo essential to our livelihood and the refineries around Philadelphia where you can channel the spirit of 'Rocky'! Let's not forget the farmlands and college towns like the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Rutgers. There are a lot of flat stretches and also a good amount of rolling hills. Most of the route entails sidewalk or a large shoulder. There a few patches along the route where the road narrows and the running space is limited – in these areas, we highly encourage you to have someone who is comfortable run that particular stretch, or drive the short stretch as a team.  Please keep in mind that this is an open course.  There are no closed roads.  There will be no police presence at intersections.  Runners must follow and obey traffic and pedestrian laws.

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



Be Safe:
We are traveling through cities, small town and rural areas. While the route was designed to encompass as many sidewalks as possible know there will be extensive areas where sidewalks will not be present. Your safety is imperative to having a successful event. When on the shoulder, stay on the side of the road facing traffic; remain alert and follow all safety rules.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings:
There may be police presence in some areas but with teams spread out we can’t make any guarantees. Check before crossing streets. Stay in cross walks and when available use crosswalk lights. Make eye contact with drivers and use hand gestures to ensure they see you and know you are crossing.

The 9/11 Promise Run is a run to benefit the victims, their families and the emergency personnel of 9/11. Please know you are representing all of the runners participating and the charities involved. Respect the surrounding environment, display courtesy and good taste. Please carry all trash and recyclables with you and dispose of appropriately.

Please do not follow runners. This can cause traffic problems and possibly endanger a runner. If you would like to cheer on your runner, pull ahead and wait safely off the roadway.

Switching Runners:
When switching runners do so safely off the road, preferably in a parking lot.

Runner Requirements:
While running you must wear a reflective vest. Run against traffic when a sidewalk is available.


While the run 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.


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.

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: On night one, we will be staying at the Singerly Fire Department in Elkton, MD.  On night two, we will be staying at the Trenton Fire Department in Trenton, NJ.  Each runner is responsible for their lodging the last night in NYC - we have established a discounted room rate with the Holiday Inn Manhattan Financial District, 99 Washington St., NYC.

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.