Sandy Hook runners benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund with 5K

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Love runs through. About 1,000 runners took to the streets of Newtown for The Sandy Hook Run for Families on Saturday.

“The SANDY HOOK 5k is not about running. It is about life: honoring the memory of precious lives lost through tragedy and celebrating the gift of life. It is about uniting in hope for the future,” the event website states.

It’s been about a year and three months since 20 children and six educators were killed in a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Having the event in Newtown meant a maximum of 1,000 runners – a small number considering the 15,000 who ran in the inaugural race. However, race organizers once again featured a “Virtual Runner” option.

“The response to last year’s event was so overwhelming,” race director Katie Blake told the Newtown Bee. “We wanted to make sure the meaning behind this event continued on so that the running community could continue to show its support for the families of Newtown.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy planned to run in the race.

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