One of Boston College’s proudest traditions, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center’s Red Bandanna Run—held to honor 9/11 hero Welles Remy Crowther ’99—will take place for the 14th year on October 20.

The 5k begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Gasson Hall eagle statue. Check-in on race day, and race day registration, will take place at Lyons Dining Hall from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m; at 8:30 a.m., runners and others in attendance will gather for a pre-race welcome from the Crowther family.  

On September 11, 2001, Crowther was working as an equities trader in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the plane hijacked by terrorists struck the building. Trained as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Nyack, NY, Crowther wrapped his trademark red bandanna around his face to help him breathe through the smoke, and organized a rescue effort to guide survivors down the building’s stairwells to safety. He twice returned into the building and then joined a New York Fire Department team in its effort to free victims still trapped under debris. He was killed when the building collapsed.

Proceeds from the event support the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, established by the Crowther Family to honor Welles and keep his memory alive through good works benefitting young people.

Pre-registration and other information is available at


–University Communications