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Gordon Felt: Running in Memory of a 9/11 Hero

On September 11, 2001, Edward Felt was among the 40 heroic passengers and crew members who crashed hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 to the ground, thwarting a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In the final minutes of his life, Ed called 9-1-1 from an airplane bathroom to report the hijacking. Fifteen years later, his brother Gordon will run the TCS New York City Marathon to raise the funds necessary to complete the Flight 93 National Memorial, located at the crash site in Shanksville, PA.

The 53-year-old from Remsen, NY, is president of Families of Flight 93, a non-profit group that’s been instrumental in the design and construction of the memorial. After years of fundraising, a visitor’s center, learning center, wall of names, and memorial grove of 40 trees are now open to the public. “The final piece is a 93-foot Tower of Voices that will contain 40 wind chimes that will represent our loved ones,” explains Felt.

A former competitive middle-distance runner, Felt is returning from a hiatus and transitioning to distance running as he takes on his first marathon in memory of Ed—an outdoors-loving computer engineer, husband, and father of two.

“It’s an honor that surpasses comprehension,” says Felt. “I look forward to being swept up in the emotion of the day, the physical and mental challenges of the run, and keeping the story of Flight 93 alive.”

Felt believes that “events like the TCS New York City Marathon allow us to celebrate our strength, channel our energies in positive directions, and dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of normalcy in a world seemingly filled with chaos.”

By Hollis Templeton

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TUNE IN. The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 6, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York tri-state area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.