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Leesburg set to host Heroes Run To honor fallen soldiers

LEESBURG, Ga. — A 9.11-kilometer "Heroes Run" will be held Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. in downtown Leesburg. The run is meant to pay tribute to all military personnel who have fallen in the line of duty.

The run, sponsored by Raytheon, a major defense contractor, is being held in conjunction with the Travis Marion Foundation, which assists veterans and the families of the fallen.

The 9.11-kilometer run (about 5.66 miles) will begin at the Lee County Courthouse and make a loop past the high school and other schools, including Lee Elementary, the county’s Ninth Grade Academy, Kinchafoonee Primary, Twin Oaks Elementary and Lee Middle School, before ending back at the courthouse.

Event officials said there will be a 2 p.m. military ceremony at the Courthouse Veterans Park to unveil a memorial honoring Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan last year.

At 3 p.m. the 9.11k run and a shorter .911-mile fun run is scheduled. T-shirts and race packets will be given to all pre-registered participants.

Entry fees are $9.11 per person for the .911k fun run with fees for the 9.11k event at $20 per person or $10 for students. Families to four may participate for $40.

Latecomers wishing to run in either race may register at the event beginning at 1 p.m. in downtown Leesburg.