Thousands run to help Sandy Hook shooting victims

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Organizers say a 5K to benefit the victims and others affected by the Newtown school shooting has raised more than $438,000.

Thousands of runners and well-wishers turned out for Saturday’s run through the streets of Hartford, Conn.

The start of the Sandy Hook Run for the Families was preceded by a moment of silence as a solitary bell tolled 26 times in tribute to the children and educators killed when a gunman attacked the elementary school on Dec. 14.

Some 15,000 people were registered to run and thousands of others lined up along the route.

Gov. Dannel Malloy was among the runners. He called the run “an amazing and healing experience.”

The charity run benefited the Sandy Hook School Support Fund administered by the United Way of Western Connecticut.

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