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South Portland firefighter running Boston Marathon for a cause

BOSTON (WGME) -- Inspired by tragedy, a South Portland firefighter, who was at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, is getting ready to run the 26.2 mile course one year later.    

Standing at the finish line of last year's race, firefighter and paramedic Matt Cox ran to chaos rather than away from it.

This year he'll run again, this time for the Martin Richard Foundation.

Cox wrote a letter to the Boston Athletic Association, sharing his story of last year's events.

He was awarded a spot in the race, and says he knows going back will be hard but sees it as a way to heal and change his memories of that day.

Thats part of dealing with it and accepting it and part of the process of overcoming it and reclaiming the day , said Cox. Its what I need to do right now.

Cox says it would have taken him a couple years to qualify for the Boston Marathon, saying quote "the qualifying time is fast, I'm not fast."

He's hoping to raise $5,000 for the Richard Martin Foundation.

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