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By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Remembering the fallen: Hero Half memorial races draw biggest crowd yet


May 31, 2016

Nichole Hawkins of Eugene, left, marches to the finish line of the Hero Half 8-kilometer race with her service dog, Tyr, Saturday morning, May 28. At right is her friend Emily Rose, who helped Hawkins carry the American flag at the end of the course. Rather than running, Hawkins carried a full combat load, which included “flack and ruck and Old Glory in hand,” she said in a Facebook message.

A total of 317 runners and walkers participated Satruday, May 26, in the Hero Half Marathon, 8K and Mini Marathon at Community Chapel.

Race Director Rachel Kittson-Maqatish said that was the largest field in the race’s four years. Last year’s had 266 runners and walkers.

The race was founded in 2013 by Maqatish, who wanted to help grieving families of veterans killed in action, who included her own son-in-law, after the death of a young soldier from Boring, Cpl. Keaton Coffey, who was killed May 24, 2012 in Afghanistan, just weeks before his wedding.

Jordan Cox of Corvallis was the...

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