More than 4,000 gather for race honoring Newtown teacher


Thousands of runners are honoring the memory of a first-grade teacher killed in the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.

The sixth annual Vicki Soto 5K in her hometown of Stratford raises money for a foundation that gives scholarships to aspiring educators.

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In 2013, about 500 runners took part, many wearing outfits adorned with Soto’s favorite animal, the pink flamingo. Last year’s race had more than 4,000 runners and walkers and a similar number is expected on Saturday.

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With the proceeds, the Soto family has given out more than $90,000 in scholarships.

The Sotos also have established a literacy campaign at the local library that involves such things as after-school tutoring, and the creation of mentor-based learning programs.

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