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Runners hit the pavement for 9 hour, 11 minute run in remembrance of 9/11

Lenexa Police Officer Bob Schluben is one of many running in Wednesday's Patriots' Run. Lenexa Police Officer Bob Schluben is one of many running in Wednesday's Patriots' Run.

Keeping with the theme "To Thank and Honor Those Who Serve our Country," the 11th Annual Patriots' Run is currently underway at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

The event draws runners from across the nation to commemorate the tragic events of that day while everyone remembers and honors the military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and their families.

The Patriots' Run has runners participating from both the U.S. and abroad. Troops in Afghanistan again swapped their boots for running shoes to show a united front against terrorism while local runners participate in the 9 hour and 11 minute run in Olathe.

In Afghanistan the 2012 Patriots' Run had more than 1,000 members of the military participate, oftentimes after coming in from serving on duty all day. The men and women ran - in the sand, on black-top and even on treadmills - to honor the fallen. However, they do not run on 9/11 - as it is too great a risk for insurgents to mount an attack, according to a news release.

One local runner is Lenexa Police Officer Bob Schluben.

"It inspires me to know the marines the military here, people whose sacrifice really inspires me to go out and run today," Schluben said.

Schluben ran Wednesday in full police uniform, including his bullet-proof vest, to show his respect to our troops still fighting to protect our freedom.

"It's going to be difficult for me today, but it's hot in the Middle East for our troops that are over there and what I'm going through is nothing compared to what our troops have done for us," he said.

Schluben is no stranger to marathons. KCTV5 has been following him all year in his journey to run 52 marathons in 52 days to raise awareness for the Sunflower House.

"It's a children's advocacy center, it's for victims of child abuse. It's a place where children can feel safe when they are the interviewed by police and medical personnel," Schluben said.

This marathon is extra because he will still run a marathon this weekend. Schluben said Wednesday's is extra special because it was this run three years ago that his then 7-year-old son Kyle ran his first ever marathon.

Kyle Schluben is back out on the racetrack Wednesday running alongside his dad. He said he's very proud of his dad and why he's doing what he's doing.

"I think it's cool. Because he's doing it for the kids," Kyle Schluben said. 

The run is held on a one-mile loop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, located at 20700 West 151st St. in Olathe, KS, just West of Highway I-35 and 151st Street.

With the event held on a loop people can actually come out and watch the entire event. Tailgaters are welcome to cheer on the runners and walkers in the 5K, marathon, half marathon, ultra marathon, casual run/walk or team event.

The marathon, half-marathon, ultra marathon and casual run/walk started at noon. The 5K begins at 6:30 p.m. It ends at 9:11 p.m.

According to a news release, in 2012, 369 runners from across America and even Brazil came to Olathe to participate in the Patriots' Run.

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