Race more about achievements than miles for many runners

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by Arrianee LeBeau, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 4:29 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- More than 15,000 people filled the streets of the Oceanfront Sunday for the Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and Mini Marathon.

The event attracts people from all around the world who run or walk the course which features several bands along the way.

"Everyone knows in this kind of course, at this time of year, you might as well try to not start setting a personal record. You're here really to enjoy it, have a good time," said one runner.

For others, a good time also is a meaningful one.

"I run with a paralyzed ankle really trying to spread awareness for other people that technology exists, that you don't have to let paralysis hold you back," explained Beth Deloria.

Patty Bright told 13News Now, "We've trained three special runners this year and all of them at one time were homeless."

One group ran for former drug and/or alcohol addicts, adding to the stories that show the race is about more than just finishing for a lot of people. It's about what you can accomplish before you hit the course.

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