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Aussie Firefighters Run Across US in 9/11 Tribute

Aussie Firefighters Run Across US in 9/11 Tribute

Memorial: The Tour of Duty 2010 runners in action (

September 08, 2010

WASHINGTON – A group of sweaty and red-faced runners from Australia and the U.S. arrived on foot at a D.C. fire station Tuesday afternoon as part of a 4,600 mile cross-country journey.

The 36 emergency responders are running cross country to honor firefighters, police and EMT’s who died in the terror attacks of September 11th. They began their run in Santa Monica, Calif. on August 12.

Paul Ritchie of Tour of Duty organized the event.

“It’s about the journey across the country, not the finish,” he says. Ritchie calls the reception from Americans “incredible.”

“We were welcome by the Americans with a wave of euphoria,” he says, adding he’s been feeling like a rock star.

Before heading to D.C., the runners stopped Monday in Emmitsburg, Maryland to lay a wreath at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and tour the National Emergency Training Center.

The group will spend two days in the D.C. area. They’ll receive a tour of the Pentagon Wednesday.

They arrive at Ground Zero Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.

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