Runners Detour Out of 8K Race Path to Thank 95 Year-Old WWII Veteran

By Matt Vespa | March 4, 2014 | 4:13pm EST

Well, this will certainly brighten your day, especially if you're sick of all the winter storms.  Last Sunday, the Pat Tillman Foundation, which helps military veterans with higher education, held their annual 408k race - in San Jose.

Yet, there was an unexpected guest: a 95-year old WWII veteran Joe Bell in full uniform, who was there encouraging all the participants running in the event.  In return, countless runners came over to shake this hero's hand and thank him for his service.

The "408K" race is an eight kilometer run/walk named after Pat Tillman's jersey number (#40) he wore while playing in the National Football League before he enlisted in the U.S. military, where he was killed in action.

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