Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC

For 2024, we’re inviting supporters to participate in the virtual event, or join us in our headquarters city of beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina for a 9.11 mile run event.

By temporarily embracing this amazing opportunity to showcase the waterfront home of The 9.11 Promise and run a relay beneath the gaze of the indomitable battleship USS North Carolina, we’re ensuring that an event is accessible and a truly unique experience.

Join us for the weekend on September 7, 2024 in Wilmington for a inspiring 9.11 Promise event and continue the mission of support for our incredible scholars.

Rules of the Road

Be Safe

We are traveling through cities, small towns, and rural areas. While the route was designed to encompass as many sidewalks as possible know there will be extensive areas where sidewalks will not be present. Your safety is imperative to having a successful event. When on the shoulder, stay on the side of the road facing traffic; remain alert and follow all safety rules.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

There may be a police presence in some areas but with teams spread out we can’t make any guarantees. Check before crossing streets. Stay in crosswalks and when available use crosswalk lights. Make eye contact with drivers and use hand gestures to ensure they see you and know you are crossing.


The 9.11 Promise Run is run to benefit the victims, their families, and the emergency personnel of 9/11. Please know you are representing all of the runners participating and the charities involved. Respect the surrounding environment, display courtesy and good taste. Please carry all trash and recyclables with you and dispose of them appropriately.


Please do not follow runners. This can cause traffic problems and possibly endanger a runner. If you would like to cheer on your runner, pull ahead and wait safely off the roadway.

Switching Runners

When switching runners do so safely off the road, preferably in a parking lot.

Runner Requirements

While running you must wear a reflective vest. Run against traffic when a sidewalk is available.


While the run is to remember 9/11 new memories will be made and friendships forged. Have fun, take in the moment, and talk to others about the journey you encounter. You are part of an amazing adventure for a great cause, much bigger than us. Embrace what you’re doing and know your time and commitment are valued more than words can describe.


If a registered athlete is not able to participate and needs to cancel before 1 September:

  • Registration is deferred to the following year
  • The athlete is not held accountable for the $200 fundraising requirement
  • The event retains any donations already made

If a registered athlete cancels between 1 September to 11 September:

  • Registration is deferred to the following year (details below)
  • The athlete is held accountable for $200 donation

DEFER POLICY DETAILS: If you are unable to participate due to a change of schedule or life events, athletes may defer their entry slot to the same event the following year. Deferrals do not carry over beyond the following year’s race. Athletes wishing to defer will be provided with a unique entry code and must re-enter the event after entries open for the following year’s event. Keep in mind that the event has a capacity limit therefore the athlete’s entry slot is not guaranteed. Deferred athletes will not be allowed to register if the event closes before the athlete attempts to enter. To defer your registration, you will need to email [email protected].

All athletes must register. All athletes must commit to raising $200. When signing up, you will be asked to provide a credit card number on your GoFundMe fundraising page. This is a secure site. Each participant will have a deadline of October 1 to raise all funds. Any funds that are not raised after that deadline will be charged to your credit card and you will receive a contribution letter for tax purposes.

There is $100 registration fee to help cover the costs of the event.

All runners and volunteers must complete and sign a waiver to participate.

WARNING: Read carefully. This agreement includes a release of liability and waiver of legal rights and deprives your of the right to sue those parties noted herein. Do not sign this agreement unless you have read it in its entirety.

The Virtual 9.11 Promise Run/Bike

Can't make it to Wilmington? Join the run or bike from the streets of your hometown or workout gear in your gym as a virtual athlete.

Virtual Athletes promise that you will run, walk, and/or bike 9.11 miles sometime between September 9th and September 11th! These miles can be done all at once or spread out over the course of the three days.

As a Virtual Athlete supporting the student of our Promise, each participant commits to raising $150 by October 1, 2024. If the amount isn't reached, participants agree to cover the remaining amount.