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Chicago Man Runs Marathon in Son's Memory

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    Man Runs Chicago Marathon in Memory of His Son

    A Chicago man ran the 2015 marathon in memory of his son and former running partner, who was killed after being hit by a car in July. (Published Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015)

    Runners tackle the Chicago Marathon for many reasons. One Chicago man ran the race not just for himself, but for his son, who never got to run the marathon he was training for.

    Roberto Garcia Jr. completed Sunday's race in memory of his son Lorenzo, who was only 12 years old when he was struck by a car and killed in July. According to Garcia's family, who was cheering him on during the race, Garcia and Lorenzo were running buddies.

    Lorenzo's family said the boy had run 25 days with his father and was training to someday run the Chicago Marathon himself. Despite his young age, Lorenzo earned 12 medals in more than 20 races before his death.

    Garcia wore a Superman T-shirt during the marathon as a nod to Lorenzo's favorite superhero. But the message of the shirt ran even deeper for the family, who said Lorenzo donated his organs after he died and became a superhero by helping save others.