CARLSBAD, Calif. - More than 10,000 runners hit the streets of Carlsbad for the annual Tri-City Medical Center Half Marathon. One family used it to honor their 8-year-old daughter.
Dharma Nichols gets tears in her eyes when talking about her 8-year-old daughter Chloe, the inspiration behind Chloe's Crew.
"We wish there wasn't a Chloe's Crew and Chloe was right besides us," said Nichols.
Chloe died unexpectedly in 2009 from drug-related complications treating a medical condition she had.
To help her deal with such a tremendous loss, Nichols picked up her running shoes.
"One foot in front of the other was really healing and therapeutic," she said. "It's the only thing that helped our mind heal -- the constant movement."
Now five years later, she has joined with 70 of her friends and family that make up Chloe's Crew. They participated in the Tri-City Medical Center Half Marathon, along with 10,000 other runners.
Chloe's Crew is one of 21 local charities that runners raised money for. Organizers believe they will end up raising more than $200,000.
They even had an angel posted along the route. Chloe’s littler sister dressed in a halo outfit, cheering on the runners. That, combined with a familiar voice, helped motivate Nichols and her team push through.
"I felt like I was having a hard time at mile 10, and I felt Chloe's little spirit and she pushed me on," she said.