Thousands Gather for 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Run

 Runners and walkers gathered in Newtown to prove that love runs through everything.

“Love Runs Through,” the theme for the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Run for Families in Newtown Saturday morning was set forth to remind everyone that love runs through us all.

The run/walk is held to honor the memories of the victims and to support those affected by the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 students and six teachers dead.

Last year, 15,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Capital in Hartford.

The race is being held in Newtown this year. Registration fees from the race and fundraising will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund.

Moving the race to Newtown means that less runners will be able to participate. So organizers came up with a “Virtual Runner” option so that all who wanted to could participate.

The option allows individuals to register and run in their own town to honor the victims. “Virtual Runners” received a tee-shirt, , racer’s bib and a certificate.

"The response to last year's event was so overwhelming. 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," said Katie Blake in a statement.

More information about the Sandy Hook Families can be found at

According to the website the run “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. “

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