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Massachusetts Spartan Race Competitors Remember Loved One

Team dubbed 'The Gentlemen' raced in honor of 44-year-old Brian Hingston

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    A Massachusetts father who died earlier this year trying to break up a fight in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, was honored Saturday at Boston's Spartan Race. (Published Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016)

    A Massachusetts father who died earlier this year trying to break up a fight in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, was honored Saturday at Boston's Spartan Race.

    A team called 'The Gentlemen" ran the race at Fenway Park in honor of 44-year-old Brian Hingston, of Quincy.

    Hingston, a father of three, suffered a head injury after trying to break up a fight on April 17.

    Police said Bryan McElhinney, 23 of Dorchester, allegedly punched Hingston causing him to fall backwards and hit his head. He was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.

    McElhinney was charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery in connection with the incident.

    Hingston's loved ones said their Spartan Race team started off small, then quickly grew.

    "It started off as something small, there was five of us and then we had over a hundred people," said Alexa Hingston, Brian's niece.

    The group sold T-shirts and hats to raise money for Hingston's three children.

    "Today was a good day because I got to see all my family and friends together and just really celebrate my dad's life and who he was as a person," said Will Hingston, Brian's son. "I know he would have loved to be here, but he was here in spirit."

    Hingston's family said he was a marathon runner. His death came a day before the 2016 Boston Marathon, which he had planned to run.

    His son said he had also planned to do this year's Spartan Race with him.

    "He was definitely there in spirit. Everyone was really feeling it," Will Hingston said.

    "I'm sure he would be smiling from ear to ear that so many people gave up a Saturday to honor him," Alexa Hingston said.

    Anyone interested in donating to the education fund for the Hingston children can do so through the Boston Firefighters Credit Union:

    The Hingston Children Education Fund
    c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union
    60 Hallet Street
    Dorchester, MA  02124

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