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Runners remember Columbine victims

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By Deborah Swearingen

Runners took off from the starting line outside of Columbine High School on Sunday morning but not before taking a moment to honor the 13 lives lost in the 1999 shooting at the school.

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The Run for Remembrance, now in its 13th year, continues to serve as fundraiser for the Frank DeAngelis Foundation, Columbine Memorial Foundation and Craig Hospital Foundation. The Englewood hospital treated patients nearly 20 years ago in the aftermath of the shooting.

The Frank DeAngelis Columbine High School Academic Foundation provides grants to teachers or departments at Columbine based on academic needs and the number of students who will be impacted by the money. The Columbine Memorial Foundation raises money for upkeep of the Columbine Memorial in Clement Park.

But the race is about much more than raising money.

“We’ll always remember the 13 who so tragically lost their lives, but Columbine also represents hope, and that’s what this race is all about,” said DeAngelis, the school’s former principal.

“It truly is in memory of not only the 13 who lost their lives at Columbine, but the students and staff that continually lose their lives to this violence,” DeAngelis added.

Hundreds — many of whom sported T-shirts with the race name – gathered at the race starting line, bowed their heads and stood in silence as DeAngelis read off the names of those who died and called for a moment of silence.

Then, the silence was over. The runners took off towards Clement Park, racing their hearts out to remember.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.