Utah runners head back to Boston Marathon for a good cause

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC 4 News) – Today the City of Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings. Three people were killed in that attack and more than 260 were injured. The memories of that day isn’t stopping one Utah woman from heading back to run Boston Marathon, and this year she’s bringing a group of girlfriends with her to run with her.

When the bombs went off Angie Gates thought they were cannons firing for Patriot’s Day. She had only crossed the finished line 20 minutes before. Gates recalled, “And then another one went off and my husband just looked at me and said ‘Babe, that’s a bomb. Those aren’t cannons.'”

To go back she says isn’t about courage, it’s the right thing to do. “I think our best comeback is not to avoid the race, and not to avoid Boston and those people they kind of showed us the Boston Strong way,” said Gates.

This time Angie wont be alone. She’s going with four other girlfriends who all qualified for the big race.

“It’s like the race of all races,” explained Heidi Haselton. Haselton is one of five in the group heading from Utah to Boston. They’re not just running for themselves, they’re running a cause; a charity called Push to the Finish.

Gates explained, “They raise money for kids who want to race and they want to be part of it, and they want to compete but because of different handicaps they’re not able to run for themselves.”

Kids like 9-year-old Jonah. The five women put up a website asking friends and family to donate for every mile they run in Boston. They each raised about $400.

Hasleton explained, “We got him an awesome jogger and we’re all going to push him in a 10k or half marathon in a little bit.”

For more information on Push to the Finish log on to: http://www.pushtothefinish.org/

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