El Mensajero (English)

Posted: June 29, 2016

Last Updated: February 12, 2019

Runners honor fallen soldiers

Runners of all ages gathered in Rochester’s Seneca Park June 25 to compete in the seventh-annual SSGT Javier Ortiz Memorial 5K Race and Fitness Walk. Originally organized as a fundraiser for the Puerto Rican Festival, the event was renamed in 2011 to honor a local Marine who was killed by a roadside bomb in November 2010 while deployed to Afghanistan. Runners have since competed in the race to honor all soldiers from the community who have died during military service.

(EMC photos by Jeff Witherow)

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