CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Fifteen-hundred runners laced up their sneakers Saturday morning. It was all to help raise money for a permanent memorial to Chattanooga’s Fallen Five during the Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk.
The five mile long Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk kicked off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. after a prayer and the National Anthem.
Each of the five miles was in honor of the lost servicemen.
Runners started on Amnicola Highway at the Naval Operational Support Center.
From there is followed part of the path E-M-S first responders took that fateful day.
The Run/Walk ended the race on 5th Street, just south of the Challenger Center.
Citizens, veterans and even active military members all took part.
Captain Peter Ahching, Commander of US Army Chattanooga Company was one of the runners on Saturday. Captain Ahching said, “The field was, the weather was really nice and it was amazing to see the community leaders, the military, the police and the rest of the community out there running. It was really, really inspirational.”
Erlanger Medical Center, the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County helped make the run possible.
We should find out later in the week how much money the Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk made for a permanent Fallen Five tribute near the Riverwalk.