Sandy Hook 5k proves ‘love runs through’

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new year, a new name, but the same mission: to support the Newtown community.

Today was the second annual road race, this year called the Sandy Hook 5k, which carried the theme, “love runs through.”

Every step of the Sandy Hook 5k has special meaning, right down to what the runners wear.

“We try to wear some pink for flamingos for our friend Vicki (Soto) because she loved flamingos,” said Jim DiDomenico.

And while it was a fierce race to the finish line, friends and family came together to show love. “It’s a fantastic day and I am so happy to be a part of it,” said runner Dan Attivissimo.

Even the volunteers who looked on from the sidelines felt the excitement.

“Oh, it’s been exciting, overwhelming, emotional in a very good way and fulfilling,” said race committee member Julie Brunell.

About 120 runners took part in this year’s 5k, which benefits the Sandy Hook Support Fund.

“The theme of this year’s run is ‘love runs through’ and so we just want to show the world that we are running through, leaving the past, greeting the future and moving forward,” Brunell said.

And Newtown residents are taking those steps forward with both energy and heart.

“I love supporting my town,” said Kevin Hoyt. “I think this is one of the best ways I personally can support the community.”

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