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Runners Honor Flo-Jo at Races

May 31, 1999

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Three-thousand runners hit the road Monday to remember Florence Griffith Joyner, including the late sprinter’s husband and daughter.

The 13-mile and 5K races, named for the Olympic medalist who died Sept. 21, raised more than $100,000 for the Flo-Jo Memorial Community Empowerment Foundation and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

``It was breathtaking _ just like Florence was,″ said husband Al Joyner. ``I wish she was here to see the love the people have given her.″

Joyner, who also is an Olympic gold medalist, ran the 5K course. The couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Mary, ran in the 1K Mary Joyner Children’s Race.

Griffith Joyner died at home of asphyxiation during an epileptic seizure. She won gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and the 400-meter relay during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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