Running group, 19+One, to honor fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots during PF Chang's marathon

PHOENIX - Thousands of runners will hit the pavement on Sunday to compete in the PF Changs Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

One group is running to honor the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire last summer.

Their team name is 19+One. They're honoring the 19 fallen hotshots, as well as the lone survivor, Brendan McDonough.

Valley resident Michelle Teeling formed the team. She knew she wanted to do something to remember the firefighters. Teeling said the tragedy hits a bit closer to home as her husband grew up with one of the fallen Hotshots.

The team, which is made up of more than 40 runners, has many people who don't have a direct connection to the Hotshots, but were simply inspired by the men's courage and sacrifice, and want to run in their honor.

Teeling said some of the Hotshots' family members will be running with the 19+One team, too.

The team has been training since August. She says it's been an emotional journey, but one that's brought a lot of healing.

The runners said they'll be thinking about the Hotshots every single step along the 26.2-mile (or 13.1) race.

The team has set up a fundraising page on GoFundMe.com: www.gofundme.com/19plus1

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