(WMC-TV) - Thousands of runners hit the trail in Germantown Sunday to complete a half marathon.
One of them set out on a journey to honor the memory of his murdered daughter.
While the sun was rising Sunday morning, runner Dennis Rine was warming his muscles, lacing up, and thinking about his daughter.
"When she was in college, it was either her freshman or sophomore year, she said 'Hey dad why don't we run a marathon together?" said Rine.
Rine and his daughter Micah Pate shared a passion for running until 2009 when she was murdered by her husband.
Every year since then the Germantown Half Marathon has taken on a special meaning.
"This was the last race that Micah had run before she was murdered, and so every year so far we've come back to run it in her honor and to honor her legacy," said Rine.
Micah's husband Thomas Pate is serving 25 years after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the death of his wife.