Race to remember victims of Flight 3407
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | September 11, 2013
The tragedy of Continental Flight 3407 affected the lives of many people, including the lives of many Clarence residents. Since the accident, the families of the victims have come together to fight for stricter laws in aviation safety and continue to find ways to remember their loved ones who were lost.
One way to remember the victims is the Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race. This year is the fifth year for the race and it will continue to raise money for Remember Flight 3407, Inc., as well as two other local organizations.
The race is under new direction this year with Jill Hohl as the new race director. Hohl lost her father in the accident when Flight 3407 crashed into her home on Long Street in Clarence Center.
“I decided I wanted to be more involved in keeping [the race] going and just making sure we’re still honoring and remembering those that were lost that night. So, I decided to take over the role as race director,” said Hohl.
In the past, Hohl said the money has gone to Remember Flight 3407, Inc., which is currently focusing on constructing a permanent memorial near the Clarence Library. The current memorial, which is located at the site of the crash, lists the names of the victims, but the new memorial will tell the story of the tragedy and those who were lost.
While the planning for the memorial is ongoing, funds will be needed to build it, as well as maintain it in the future.
“In the past, most of the funds have gone to the foundation,” said Hohl. “We have decided we really wanted to give to the community because they were so supportive when the crash happened.”
Another organization that will benefit from this year’s memorial race is Elly’s Angels. Elly’s Angels is a foundation that was inspired by Ellyce Kausner, a victim of the crash of Flight 3407. The foundation helps provide opportunities for children of all ages. It was started with the goals of providing funds to infants with special needs who are in need of adoption and to support the development of strong young women by creating opportunities for them. It has since become involved in many local events and even received the 2010 USAF Chairman’s Cup for making a difference in the community.
The other organization that will benefit from the race is the Eastern Hills Sunrise Rotary Foundation. This foundation also focuses on giving back to the community. Hohl said that members of the foundation have been involved with the race since its beginning and that it’s a way to give back to them.
This year’s race will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 5 at the Clarence Town Park, One Town Place, Clarence. The route will run from Roll Road to Thompson Road and then to Clarence Center Road. It will then bring runners down Goodrich Road back to the starting point on Roll Road.
Register for $25 online at www.flight3407race.com or on the day of the race. Race day registration will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
There is also a half-mile “Fun Run,” which will begin at 10 a.m. This activity is $20.
More information can be found on the race’s website, www.flight3407race.com.