VIDEO: On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a Powhatan man is running 343 laps -- more than 85 miles -- around the Powhatan High School track. One lap for each New York firefighter who died that day.
Russell Howlland Jr. said he felt called to do it, and teamed up with Powhatan Fire and Rescue to make it happen.
"This year will be the first year that the high school graduating class will be predominantly unborn on 9/11," said Howlland. “Even though it was a tragic event, it highlighted that we really can pull together."
He began the run at midnight, and planned to finish around 21 hours later. For each lap, a photo of a first responder who died that day was displayed.