WINCHESTER (CBS) — Kate Quigley hoped to top 1,000 runners in the first-ever race in memory of her brother Glen Doherty. When she saw Sunday’s weather, she thought there was no way many people would show up to honor the former Navy SEAL.
She was wrong. More than 1,000 people turned out for the event commemorating the local hero.
Doherty died last year during the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. The ex-SEAL was protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens, who also died in the attack. The Glen Doherty’ Foundation was established to provide scholarships to fellow members of the military’s Special Forces community.
“Today is our first official fund-raiser,” Quigley said. “We couldn’t think of anything better than to do what Glen loves, which is to get out with a bunch of friends and get sweaty.”
The event’s 5K and 10K races lapped around Doherty’s hometown of Winchester. Many came out to pay respect to the Doherty family.
“As someone who respects the military, I couldn’t stay home,” said Julie Matule, who brought her three young children to hold a flag and cheer on the runners.
One of the runners, Army Reservist Kevin Brown, didn’t do much running; he carried a 50-pound rucksack on his back to pay tribute to Doherty.
“I live in town and work in town, so I thought it would be a good way to pay respect to him and his family,” Brown said.
Doherty’s family has steadfastly refused to be bitter or play politics over the terrorist attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.
“We do want justice and we want who did this found. We’ll keep pushing for that, but we’re not going to point fingers at our own government,” Quigley said.
Instead, they’re focusing on the 42 years they had with Glen and furthering the causes he believed in.
“He believed in education and he believed in recreation,” his sister said.
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