Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBC 5 News
After running the Cowtown marathon in Afghanistan last year, nine military members are gunned down on base. Now one fellow Airmen is running the race in Fort Worth to honor their memory.
The Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth went off without a hitch Sunday morning. Thousands of runners participated in the half and full marathons, including U.S. Air Force Major James Boddy.
In 2011, Major Boddy organized a version of The Cowtown while stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. Servicemen and women ran at the same time as runners in Fort Worth via satellite.
Six weeks after the 2011 race, while Major Boddy was away on leave, he learned the devastating news: nine of his fellow service members were killed in an ambush at their base.
"Somebody infiltrated the camp we were at, they shot a couple of the volunteers that I had to support that race...and that had run in the race and I was very sad to hear that," said Major Boddy.
In 2012, he decided to honor those who were lost by running in The Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth.
"The courage they had to go over and support the fight, like me,but they were in the wrong spot at the wrong time, and for me being lucky enough to be here I just wanted to honor them," said Major Boddy.
Placing in the top 20, he says it was the nine angels he lost that were looking down on him from above. Helping him to make it to the finish line.
"I was thinking of my best friend that was over there, and the mother that had lost her life and left her kid alone, and I'm like I got to do this for them and finish strong."
Major Boddy plans to make this an annual run and hopes it will memorialize the friends he lost, and honor those who died fighting for our Country.