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Running group works to honor local hero

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A local running group is working to honor a local hero this September.

The Keep Running group in Jonesboro holds a 9.11-mile run every year on 9/11 to honor fallen heroes.

“It started as just a group of friends running early one morning on 9/11 to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives,” event organizer Aaron Webster said.

Last year the group collected donations to help a veteran organization.

“Last year we started asking just for donations, it is a free event that anyone can do and the donations help to raise quite a bit of money for the Wounded Warriors program up in Pocahontas,” Webster said.

This year the group plans to honor a local hero, Brain Malone, who passed away earlier this year.

“He was a true embodiment of public servant," Webster said. "He served as a fireman in Memphis, worked with the SWAT team here and was a paramedic locally. He was dedicated to helping his community with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics and was just always there for his friends and so we want to do the same thing a pay tribute to him.”

The group invites anyone out on 9/11 for the event whether they want to volunteer, walk or run.

“The more the merrier, we are going to run two events this year like we did last year," event organizer Terrell Jennings said. "We will meet at 6 in the morning and 6 in the evening to try and get everyone involved and also those who want to help could maybe volunteer one shift and run the other."

The run is a 9.11-mile loop around Jonesboro and they always welcome volunteers to collect donations or pass out water.

“It is a 9.11-mile loop around town and it would be great to have anyone’s help that is willing to,” Webster said.

Webster and Jennings said anyone looking to donate in honor of Malone can visit their GoFundMe page and anyone interested in the event can check out the Facebook page.

The club wants everyone to know the event is open to everyone and they encourage as many people as possible to come out.

“Word of mouth right now is the biggest thing, just show up and be here,” Jennings said.

Any questions about the event can be sent to keeprunning72401@yahoo.com

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