Runners Honor Ahmaud Arbery With 2.23 Mile Run, Walk On Anniversary Of His Death

Members of Boston-based PIONEERS Run Crew took part in the race Tuesday morning. WBZ-TV's Rachel Holt reports.

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- Today marks one year since Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while running in Georgia. 12 months later, a trial date has still not been set for the three men charged in his death.

- As his family waits for justice, people all over the world, including here in Massachusetts, are running to honor his life. WBZ's Rachel Holt met some of them today.

LEANDREW BELNAVIS: He could have been a younger brother. He could have been an uncle. He could have been a cousin. He could have been me.

RACHEL HOLT: Leandrew Belnavis is the founder of the Unnamed Run Crew. He's one of many runners across the country lacing up their sneakers in honor of a Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot and killed while jogging on February 23 of last year.

LEANDREW BELNAVIS: I think of making my way in my neighborhood. Who knows, I can be mistaken for someone else. These occurrences happen every day to black and brown runners. So the fear is always there.

RACHEL HOLT: In Ahmaud's memory, the 223 Foundation, hosting Finish the Run, a virtual 2.23 mile run, walk, or bike. Members of Pioneers Run Crew taking part Tuesday morning in Boston, including Captain Aliese Lash.

ALIESE LASH: It was an emotional morning. There was lots of emotions packed in the day, knowing that this is his death anniversary, and knowing that our intention was to just come together and hold that moment as a community.

LEANDREW BELNAVIS: The day of remembrance is a solemn day. I'm just hoping that we will do the legacy proud.

ALIESE LASH: The idea is for us to finish the run that Ahmaud couldn't finish himself. And so we were able to go out, we started our run, we finished our run. And we were able to hold that. And we were able to have that privilege to do that in a way that Ahmaud couldn't.

RACHEL HOLT: The virtual global run is going on through March 3, and participants are encouraged to share on social media using the hashtag #FinishTheRun. For WBZ news, I'm Rachel Holt.

- And the foundation is raising money so that young people can get social justice degrees.