Flight 93 Charity Members to Run NYC Marathon

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 10:33 AM EDT
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Flight 93 Charity Members to Run NYC Marathon

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Artist's rendering provided by the National Parks Service shows a view of the first phase of the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

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The Families of Flight 93 Runners charity will participate in the New York City Marathon to raise money for the national memorial commemorating the crash of the hijacked United Airlines plane in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the charity is one of more than 200 that partners with race organizers. Charity groups raised nearly $30 million during last year's marathon.

Three of the 24 people running for the charity also participated in the 2002 New York marathon. The charity is made up of relatives and close friends of the 40 passengers and crew who fought with terrorists to crash the plane into a field in Somerset County.

Kiki Homer, sister of the plane's co-pilot LeRoy W. Homer, says the race helps her connect with others who lost family members in the attacks.

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