The family and friends of Atlantan Ryan P. Means will host the eighth annual 9/11 Victory Race at Chastain Park Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Chastain Park in Buckhead. Pre-race festivities start at 1 p.m.

Means was in New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was inspired to enlist when his childhood friend, Adam White, was killed there. Although he was in his 30s, Means not only passed the Army’s basic training, but was later accepted into the Special Forces. While serving in Iraq in 2009, Means was diagnosed with cancer, which eventually took his life.

In-person preregistration will take place Sept. 7 from 10 am. to 4 p.m. at Road Runner Sports, 3756 Roswell Road in Buckhead. Race-day registration starts at 12:30 p.m. at the race site.

The race will take place at American Legion Post 140 and benefit the Shepherd Center’s SHARE (Shaping Hope And Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative, which helps service members dealing with brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.


  • Occurred Sunday, September 8th, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Everett Catts is news editor of the Northside, Sandy Springs and Vinings Neighbor Newspapers. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and grew up in Atlanta.

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