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(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.

Thomas told Bartlett Police she disappeared while jogging in their neighborhood.

Her body was later found in the Loosahatchie River bottoms.

After four years, Micah Pate's father is lost in a crowd of runners, wishing Micah was beside him and hoping she's smiling down on him as he reaches the finish line.

"The apostle Paul uses lots of analogies about running the race and finishing the race, and Micah has finished the race and so we're just trying to continue that journey," said Rine.

Dennis Rine and his wife's story will be featured in a documentary which premiers next month.

They also appear at many speaking engagements to talk about the dangers of domestic violence.

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