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Mar 05 2014

So Many Feels: Runners Stop to Thank WWII Veteran

Joe-Bell-RotatorDuring the annual San Jose 408K race Sunday runners took time out of the race to stop and pay their respects to a 95-year-old WWII veteran who came out to watch the run.

WWII Veteran Joe Bell showed up dressed in full military uniform to show support for the runners and the race’s cause. The annual 8-kilometer race benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships. Pat Tillman was a San Jose native that played for the NFL before he was tragically killed by friendly fire while serving the U. S. Army in Afghanistan.

When I first read about this I thought it sounded like the coolest thing that ever happened in San Jose. Then I saw that it was a 408K race and I nearly pooped. Then it was explained that it’s actually only an 8K race and I felt a bit better.

Hit the jump for the video.

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