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Tampa race directors donate $50K to Sandy Hook School Support Fund

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Beth Shaw and Benjamin Mena Beth Shaw and Benjamin Mena
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa race directors Beth Shaw and Benjamin Mena raised $50K to support the Newtown community impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December 2012.

Shaw and Mena donated $50,125 to the elementary school fund on behalf of their virtual marathon initiative called Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Virtual Half Marathon and 5K. They said they were surprised when they totaled up all the donations.

"We didn't forsee it growing so large and we're so happy we could give people an opportunity to help," said Shaw.

Virtual races allow participants to complete the runs and walks on an honor system. They receive the race bibs, send in their registration fees and then run or walk whenever and wherever they choose. In return they may receive a medal.

Mena said they had to cap their medals to 1500 but people continued to register and donate.

"It's an amazing thing to see all of these people come together to support the community of Newtown," he said.

The school support fund established by the United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank will redistribute the funds.

The money will pay for the short and long-term recovery of the people of Newtown affected by the tragedy last winter when a shooter killed 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary.

 

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