CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of people participated in the 5th annual Flight 3407 5k Memorial Race on Saturday.
Sue Pash is part of team “I love Mary Belle Pettys”.
“I love Mary Belle. [She’s] my sister. She was a year older than me. She passed away on Flight 3407” said Pash.
Pash said as ran the 5k she felt her sister’s presence. “I was talking to her the whole way. I even said to myself I felt like this surge in speed. I said I know you're the wind beneath my wings today Mary" said Pash.
The skies were gray and cloudy for the event, but that didn't stop more than 300 people from participating in it. There was however a bittersweet feeling in the air.
“People are happy because their having a good time, but it's also sad because of what the race commemorates” said Randy Dodge, race participant.
On February 12 2009 Continental Flight 3407 plummeted into the Wielinski home in Clarence Center. Fifty-one lives were tragically lost that day. Doug, Karen and their daughter Jill Wielinksi were in the house; but Doug didn’t make it.
Jill survived and is one of the organizers of the race. She said the tragedy has really brought the victim's families and the community together.
“We are really doing this mostly obviously for the community because we really want to give back and show that we really appreciated all of the support and love on the day and after the crash” said Jill Wielinski-Kohl, crash survivor.
Since them the victim's families have been fighting to make commercial flights safer. They've been pushing for new rules that would require pilots to have more training and longer overnight rest time between flights.
“There’s a lot of work that still has to be done” said Wielinski-Kohl.
Over the past five years, this event has raised $80 thousand dollars. Proceeds from the event will help fund a Flight 3407 memorial at the Clarence Library.
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