"When I looked at what they've done, I'm absolutely flabbergasted at how big they've gotten and how much time and effort they've put in," Beahm said. "Now that they've lost their mom, it's more amazing what they do. I'm honored to be a part of it."
Diagnosed a week before last year's Heroes Run with terminal cancer, Janet Manion stood up before the 5,000 runners and spectators who had gathered for the 2011 race in Doylestown to talk about the foundation, her son and the race.
"I don't think one person there knew she was sick," Manion Borek, who had served as the foundation's executive director since 2009 and succeeded her mother as its president, said last week. "She delivered a powerful message to the crowd. She was in this office every single day. One of the amazing things is when she passed, there were so many people connected with the race who didn't even know she was sick. She never stopped. She continued on and on and on."
Just as her son's legacy continues at the Naval Academy, Janet Manion's legacy continues with the Heroes Run.
But now it's not just in Doylestown, it 's all over the world.
"We're happy to know that we're continuing on with her legacy and what she created in my brother's name, it was with her vision that we got to the place where we are today," Manion Borek said. "My mom dreamed big. For me and maybe for my dad, I venture to say we never expected to see how big we've gotten with these Heroes Runs, but my mom always expected it and she was always pushing for more."
9/11 Heroes Run in Annapolis
Date: Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Fees: $25 per person (registration closes at noon)
Distance: 5K and 1-mile fun run