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Published May 19, 2012, 04:23 PM

Moorhead Native Runs to Honor Fallen Hero

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Many run just to say they did it, some for a personal best time.

Many run just to say they did it, some for a personal best time.

Then there are others who run the grueling Fargo Marathon, with pictures pinned to their backs, to honor our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

After two half Marathons, Rachael Hill made the 3,000 mile trip from Alaska to run her first full race. It's been a tough two years for the mother of two who tragically lost her husband in July of 2010.

Rachael Hill: "He was a C-17 pilot in the Air Force, and he went out on a training mission and their plane went down, killing all 4 crew members on board."

Now the Moorhead native is tackling this 26.2 mile course in honor of her fallen hero.

Hill: "It's just that loss of my best friend and my partner in everything that we do. This is my first race without him."

She's just one of 70 members of the TAPS Run and Remember Team in Fargo. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors raises tens of thousands of dollars a year locally for grieving families.

Amy Wieser Willson/ND Air National Guard: "It also brings everybody together to run in memory of those that we really care about and miss and remember their sacrifice."

And these aren't the only TAPS runners. 35 members of the Happy Hooligans stationed in Southwest Asia will be running a satellite race.