About 800 people ran in the annual Independence Day run in Bellmore, hosted by the Bellmore Striders running club.
From left, Kellenberg Memorial High School students Mike
From left, Kellenberg Memorial High School students Mike Garcia, 17, Conrad Floras, 16, and Spencer D'Aulisa got to the Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore early to apply patriotic body paint. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
Tracey Clifford, 56, of Bellmore, lost her son,
Tracey Clifford, 56, of Bellmore, lost her son, Stephen, 24, when he was struck by a New Jersey off-duty officer two days before he was supposed to run the Rutgers Unite Half-Marathon. She organized Strides for Stephen, encouraging friends and family to run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore in her son's memory. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in
Juan Oliveras, 61, of Northport, has run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore for 14 years. He says while it is more difficult to run in his patriotic attire, it made the Thursday race more fun. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)

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Ronald Joseph, 30, and Benjamin Beavers, 40, both
Ronald Joseph, 30, and Benjamin Beavers, 40, both from Brooklyn, ran in the Fourth of July 4-mile race, which was hosted the Bellmore Striders running club in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
David Albaranes, 20, ran in the race in
David Albaranes, 20, ran in the race in memory of his cousin Stephen Clifford. The Fourth of July 4-mile race was hosted the Bellmore Striders running club in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
From left, Yuri Karsuri, 40, Dolores Doman, 56,
From left, Yuri Karsuri, 40, Dolores Doman, 56, and Scott Fairgrieve, 62, have gotten to know each other from various local races. Thursday, they ran in the Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore, hosted by Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
The Fourth of July 4-mile race is just
The Fourth of July 4-mile race is just one of the many Mary-Jo DePaoli, 39, of Hicksville, participates in each year in the area. The race, held in Bellmore, is hosted by the Bellmore Strides running club. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
This is the fifth year that the Arcuri
This is the fifth year that the Arcuri family, of Bay Shore, has run in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race hosted by the Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)

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Kids stretch before stepping off for the youth
Kids stretch before stepping off for the youth 1-mile run at the annual Fourth of July run in Bellmore. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
Runners prepare to step off at the annual
Runners prepare to step off at the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore hosted by Bellmore Striders running club. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)
Team Strides for Stephen before running in the
Team Strides for Stephen before running in the annual Fourth of July 4-mile race in Bellmore. The team ran in memory of Bellmore native Stephen Clifford, 24, who was killed days before running in his first half-marathon. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Jackie Salo)