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‘26 For 26' Marathon Honors Sandy Hook Victims

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by Amy Watson 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville runners have organized a memorial marathon to honor and raise funds for the 26 victims would lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Many people have been affected by the tragedy and have asked what they could do to help.

One Nashville man decided he would simply "RUN" for Sandy Hook, or one mile for each of the 26 victims.

When he posted his plan on Facebook it took on a life of its own.

The Nashville Running Company has become race headquarters. Unlike many events organized by the group, runners in Saturday's race won't get a bib number or even a timing chip.

They get an "angel" – the name of one of the Connecticut shooting victims.

"In the wake, many of us don't know how to help. We feel horrible and helpless for those families and this is the only way we know how to help," said runner Laurie Palmer.

Palmer said she would run with a friend on Saturday. Each will carry the name of one of the victims as they run.

"I have Caroline Prividi and my friend has Jame Madioli. I think we will just think about them the whole time," said Palmer.

The event started when Robbie Bruce challenged some friends to run 26 miles for the 26 victims. They put it on Face book and now expect as many as 2,000 runners to participate.

Bruce said people in 30 to 40 states have committed to run on their own. 

He said the physical part is only a piece of it. Each runner has planned to donate money and every dollar goes to the victims' families. Bruce hopes to raise $26,000.

Anyone who would like to participate can simply show up at LP field Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Even if you just want to run 1 mile or 6 or the entire 26, anyone is welcome to participate.

Email: awatson@newschannel5.com

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