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Annual Independence Day run in Bellmore

Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in

Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore for 14 years. He says while it is more difficult to run in his patriotic attire, it made the Thursday race more fun. (July 4, 2013) Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

About 800 people ran in the annual Independence Day run in Bellmore, hosted by the Bellmore Striders running club.

From left, Kellenberg Memorial High School students Mike
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

From left, Kellenberg Memorial High School students Mike Garcia, 17, Conrad Floras, 16, and Spencer D'Aulisa got to the Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore early to apply patriotic body paint. (July 4, 2013)

Tracey Clifford, 56, of Bellmore, lost her son,
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Tracey Clifford, 56, of Bellmore, lost her son, Stephen, 24, when he was struck by a New Jersey off-duty officer two days before he was supposed to run the Rutgers Unite Half-Marathon. She organized Strides for Stephen, encouraging friends and family to run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore in her son's memory. (July 4, 2013)

Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore for 14 years. He says while it is more difficult to run in his patriotic attire, it made the Thursday race more fun. (July 4, 2013)

Ronald Joseph, 30, and Benjamin Beavers, 40, both
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Ronald Joseph, 30, and Benjamin Beavers, 40, both from Brooklyn, ran in the Fourth of July 4-mile race, which was hosted the Bellmore Striders running club in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013)

David Albaranes, 20, ran in the race in
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

David Albaranes, 20, ran in the race in memory of his cousin Stephen Clifford. The Fourth of July 4-mile race was hosted the Bellmore Striders running club in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013)

From left, Yuri Karsuri, 40, Dolores Doman, 56,
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

From left, Yuri Karsuri, 40, Dolores Doman, 56, and Scott Fairgrieve, 62, have gotten to know each other from various local races. Thursday, they ran in the Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore, hosted by Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013)

The Fourth of July 4-mile race is just
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

The Fourth of July 4-mile race is just one of the many Mary-Jo DePaoli, 39, of Hicksville, participates in each year in the area. The race, held in Bellmore, is hosted by the Bellmore Strides running club. (July 4, 2013)

This is the fifth year that the Arcuri
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

This is the fifth year that the Arcuri family, of Bay Shore, has run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race hosted by the Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013)

Kids stretch before stepping off for the youth
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Kids stretch before stepping off for the youth 1-mile run at the annual Fourth of July run in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013)

Runners prepare to step off at the annual
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Runners prepare to step off at the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore hosted by Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013)

Team Strides for Stephen before running in the
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Team Strides for Stephen before running in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore. The team ran in memory of Bellmore native Stephen Clifford, 24, who was killed days before running in his first half-marathon. (July 4, 2013)

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