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Hastings Woman Runs on 9/11 for Fire Dept Benefit

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- People will be coming together in all different ways on Sept. 11 to honor the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Georgina Nickles found a way to benefit a local cause while doing what she loves in the South Nyack 10 mile run.

"I've always been a runner my whole life," she said. "It's my passion."

The 10 mile race will benefit the Orangetown Fire Company No. 1, Piermont volunteer fire fighters along with other local emergency responders. The Sept. 11 race runs from South Nyack down through Piermont, onto the Piermont pier and back.

A third generation Hastings resident, the 33-year-old Nickles remembers the Sept. 11 chaos vividly.

"I was working in Manhattan when it happened," she said. "It was definitely scary. I couldn't get home."

With most public transportation completely shut down that day after the attacks, Nickles stayed with family in the city. An avid competitive runner, Nickles decided to honor the day doing what she loves.

"Every time I have a race there's always a thrill and an excitement, a nervous feeling you get," she said.

It's been 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but like most Americans the memory will never fade.

"To me I'm still in shock it happened," Nickles said. "It's like a movie."

What plans do you have to honor the 10 year mark since 9/11? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook or twitter.

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