Bedford to host 9/11 cyclists

Former Shanksville fire chief to speak at event today

ARLINGTON, Va. — Dozens of runners and bicyclists have departed the Pentagon for a three-day interstate relay to raise money for families of fallen and injured first responders and military.

The 9/11 Promise Run has already raised $70,000 this year and organizers hope to exceed $100,000. The money raised will fund scholarships.

About 70 runners, divided into seven teams, left the Pentagon Monday and will run relay-style 240 miles through Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. The run will conclude Wednesday at Ground Zero in New York.

Meanwhile 17 cyclists, also divided into seven teams, are making their way to Bedford, about 25 miles from the Flight 93 Memorial, where 40 passengers and crew members died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Bedford will host speaker Terry Shaffer, who was Shanksville’s fire chief when the attacks brought a United Airlines jet down in a field killing everyone on board.

Shaffer will speak at 7:30 p.m. today on the steps of the Bedford County Courthouse.

More than two dozen riders are expected to stay in Bedford tonight before heading to Shanksville on Wednesday.

Today’s event in Bedford will start with music by Route 869 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.