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Runners help communities get back on their feet

Updated: March 22, 2013, 4:07 PM ET
By Rachel Cooperman | Special to espnW

A year ago, in March 2012, Brian Lang underwent major spinal surgery.

And that wasn't the low point of what the 44-year-old calls the toughest year of his life.

But on Sunday, Lang was one of 14,500 runners who took part in the New York City Half, the first major road race in New York City since Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the New York City Marathon in November.

It must seem like a lifetime ago, ...

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