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VIRGINIA BEACH - Runners took off from Virginia Beach to honor our fallen service members.

The second 'Virginia Run for the Fallen,'the Fort Story-to-Arlington National Cemetery trek, began at 7:30 a.m.

They will arrive by Sunday and meet up with other active duty military members from bases throughout Virginia and other locations across the U.S.

Each mile of the 236-mile route is dedicated to an individual Virginia hero and his or her family. At each 'Hero Marker,' the runners will give individual tribute to waiting Gold Star family members, friends and comrades.

The run honors those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Adryanna Sticklen, 7, ran two miles in honor of her uncle, Cpl. Joshua Sticklen, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

'My family is so proud that at the age of seven she was able to accomplish this goal thanks to a dear friend, Chief Curt Lind, who held her hand the whole two miles to his marker,' her mother Tricia told 13News Now.

Virginia Run for the Fallen route:
Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, York County, Gloucester, Tappahannock, King George, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Quantico, Dumfries, Prince William County, Manassas, Fairfax County and Arlington

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