Race honors Flight 3407 victims
CLARENCE, N.Y. -
Hundreds of runners hit the pavement in Clarence Saturday morning.
They ran in honor of the victims in the crash of Flight 3407.
The rain didn't stop more than 500 runners from coming out to Clarence Town Park bright and early this morning.
Many ran in honor and others said they wanted to show their love and support for all of those affected by this tragedy.
The Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race is in its 4th year.
The race raises money for a future memorial that public officials and families are working to put up at Town Hall.
Some showed their support by wearing t-shirts in memory of the loved one they lost on that tragic night more than three years ago.
Fifty people died when flight 3407 went down onto a house in Clarence Center in February of 2009.
Since the crash, family members have been lobbying in our nation's capital to have the laws changed when it comes to aviation safety.
They are fighting for pilot training regulations and rest periods between flights.
Events like this mean so much to those who are still healing.
"It's significant to me." says race director Laura Voigt. "I lost my sister on the plane three and a half years ago. The most important thing for me today is the people that are here with us, the people that lost other loved ones on the place that day; people from the community that just care."
Clarence Town Supervisor David Hartzell says he hopes the focus stays on the efforts of families who are trying to change airline regulations. "That's really the big story. No one could have prevented the crash but hopefully, with all of the thousands of hours that they've put in, it will prevent another crash"