VIRGINIA BEACH -- 9:11 a.m. was the start time for a 5K race that was part of a series of races across the United States.

The Travis Manion Foundation, which sponsors those events, is named after Marine who died in Iraq in 2006.

The foundation bearing his name started up the following year.

The series of races takes place annually, and it draws many people for many different reasons.

'I was in the Army on 9/11, and it hurt,' said veteran Carnell Maynard. 'It hurt, and we just had to go out and do some things for the world.'

The local event at Virginia Beach Sportsplex drew support this year from Vigilant Watch, a non-profit group that helps first responders and their families.

Its beliefs fall in line with Manion's.

'He had a motto, and that is 'If not me, then who?' so that's pretty much our motto,' explained Vigilant Watch President Wayne Sandlin. 'We can all sit back and wait for somebody to come help us, but you gotta step up and do it.'

Runners stepped up and did it, with member of One Team, One Fight and 31 Heroes in the crowd.

'Everyone here has been touched in some way by the military or the first responders, and we're all about honoring the sacrifice,' Rachel Campbell told 13News Now.

Courtney Osborne, a military spouse, noted, 'I think it means celebrating our freedom and reminding ourselves every day that we're fighting for it.'

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