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Stories From Main Street: First 9/11 Memorial 5K Sells Out

Scott Willens, who joined the U.S. Army three days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, pauses by the South Pool during memorial ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan - Sept. 11, 2012 (credit: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images)

Scott Willens, who joined the U.S. Army three days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, pauses by the South Pool during memorial ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan – Sept. 11, 2012 (credit: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - On September 11, 2001, evil and hatred made many people run away from the World Trade Center. Now, and for years to come, love will bring people back… to run.

The first ever 9/11 Memorial 5k Run/Walk is coming up on April 21 and it’s already sold out.

“All the money that we raise goes directly to helping open this museum and we are gonna open the museum in the early part of next year and it will really tell the history of what this city went through and how the world responded,” Joe Daniels, President of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Daniels said folks who aren’t in town and want to help out can sign up online as virtual runners. Every penny is needed.

LINK: Sign Up As A Virtual Runner

Superstorm Sandy pumped 22 million gallons of water into the museum, but fortunately no precious artifacts were lost.

“Since then, those areas have been closed over, where the water came in. We’re going through and looking at all of the various access points for water and just adding redundancy on top of redundancy in our most sensitive areas,” he said.

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Stories from Main Street – Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

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Now they’re back on track.

“Everyone is working hard. There’s hundreds of construction workers down in the museum building every single day and a bunch of those workers are actually going to participate in the run/walk [along with] first responders, people that really were touched by 9/11, as we all were,” he said.

As for the run, the course follows a solemn route from Pier 57 down the West Side Highway past Point Thank You around the 9/11 Memorial and over to St. Paul’s Chapel.

Kathy Uckert will be running in memory of FDNY Capt. Billy Burke.

“It’s a great way to contribute to a place where people should be remembered and that day should be remembered and people should be a part of it in any way that they can,” she said. “You get support, you give support. It’s all for a good cause to remember.”

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