Hawaii's boot-lined race for US fallen heroes

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Thousands of people have taken part in the Tripler Fisher House Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll on 7 September in Hawaii, USA. Boots lined the route in Pearl Harbor to honour military personnel who have died since 9/11.
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The Bronze Boots represent the military unit that had the most participation. The 3BSTB Bayonets, U.S. Army earned them this year.
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Theresa Johnson, whose husband Leon is serving in Fort Hood, Texas, runs the Tripler Fisher House in Hawaii. She came up with the idea of the boot-lined run last year after her friend's child was killed while serving in the military.
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Theresa said she wanted to bring the names and faces back of all those who have died since 9/11, instead of just referring to numbers.
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The aim of the run is to raise awareness, and is open to everyone - of any age.
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Every boot has a story. Relatives and friends added their own personal touches to some of the boots en route.
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This year around 7,000 people took part in the event, around 2,000 more than last year.
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Some of the participants wanted to make the run a little more challenging than expected. At one point there was some rain, which was described as a "liquid blessing" by the race organiser.
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Admiral Cecil D Haney, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet and Theresa Johnson, the race organiser, proudly wore Fisher House Hero and Remembrance T-shirts. Theresa told the BBC after the race, "I'm already thinking about next year and what we can do to make it better."
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Prior to the race, there was a sea of boots to be placed evenly along the 8km route.
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One runner takes a moment with a boot.
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Many people were running in memory of loved ones.
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"People in the community have reached out. If you share passion and a story with someone, they will get involved" says race organiser Theresa Johnson.
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Organiser Theresa Johnson says the goal was to educate and share stories, not to make money out of the fallen.