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Runners hit the pavement on Thanksgiving to give back

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By Ana Bottary


Sneakers hit the pavement early Thanksgiving in Swansea. Groups of people came out to Swansea Total Fitness' 5k race, to support the Heather Abbott foundation. Which donates prosthetics to those who have lost limbs.
"We are bringing the community together, we want everyone to have a lot of fun today. We also want people to be thankful for the opportunities they do have, and we want to extend some of those opportunities to people that could use that helping hand,"says Mark Gargenta, Operations Manager at Swansea Total Fitness.
Runners agree today is not just about burning calories to make room for turkey as they cross the finish line, its about giving back.
"We are blessed, absolutely and to have the opportunity to come and do this it's great. It's a privilege,"says runner, Kevin Lions.
Participant Arthur Frank, says all Heather Abbott has over come and her dedication to the cause is what inspires him to run.
"She picked herself up and got back in the race, and we all have to do that at some point in our lives,"says Frank.
Swansea Total Fitness and the runners here today, say they are thankful to give back on Thanksgiving. They've raised about $2000 dollars, that will go to the Heather Abbott Foundation.

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