They are looking to raise money for a memorial.
The ING New York City Marathon is famous for its numerous charity running programs. One program stands out this year, however: The Families of Flight 93 runners charity team will be taking part in this year’s race, according to a press release. These runners are raising money for a national memorial commemorating the crash of the hijacked United Airlines plane that crashed in Southwestern Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
According to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, the charity is one of 200 that partners with the marathon organizers. In last year’s ING New York City Marathon, charity groups raised over $30 million.
Of the 24 runners from the Families of Flight 93 charity, three took part in the 2002 edition of the ING New York City Marathon.
The charity is comprised of relatives and close friends of the 40 passengers who lost their lives on September 11.
Kiki Homer is one of the runners. Homer is the sister of the plane’s co-pilot, LeRoy W. Homer.
She admits that the race helps her connect with other members who lost loved ones in the attacks.
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