NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A group of runners from Newtown are getting ready for this weekend's Hartford marathon. They are running to honor the victims of Sandy hook.
"This is not a Newtown incident. This is an incident that has affected the entire world. Because I feel we all lost something that day," said Michael Baroody.
Newtown resident, Michael Baroody started a non-profit organization, the 1214 foundation in remembrance of those lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The 1214 Foundation's goal is to raise funds required to design, develop, and build a world-class performing arts center in Newtown, focusing on the lives of our children for future generations, giving them the gift of art education.
"We are looking at different genres of performing arts from popular live music to musicals, dance, interacting with people in the community and finding out what the needs are," said Baroody.
The 1214 foundation has a goal of building a performing arts center in Newtown filled with programs that are not only going to help Newtown residents but also reach out to the nation.
"There are many people who believe in this concept on how the arts can heal the community," said Baroody.
This weekend 26 members of the foundation will raise funds for the center's mission by running the Hartford Marathon in memory of victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"It's a tribute to people but also looking forward to the future, looking forward to hope and peace in a new beginning," said Sarah Baroody, Newtown resident.
"It's the amazing feeling at the finish line when you do overcome the pain, you run for that too," said Laura Nowaki, Newtown resident.
Members say it's a way to show there's hope in the world.
"This is a great tribute, and a great way to really celebrate the marathon and the lives of the 26 that we lost," said Deb Accomando, Newtown resident.
The foundation's goal was to raise $10,000 and they've already surpassed that.
Members say it will take several years to build the foundation. But kids are already getting a head start performing in plays.
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