MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Every day Rey Lowe is reminded of why he's running in Saturday's McDonald's Half-Marathon. The Midlothian native runs by the home of the Barretts, who are Rey's neighbors and friends.
There are blue ribbons on the mailboxes surrounding the Barretts' home. They are to honor the father of the family, Mark, a Virginia State Trooper who passed away in a routine diving drill in September of 2010.
Rey knew Mark and his wife Tanya while they were going to Manchester High School. They rekindled their friendship when Rey, a freelance videographer, produced a video for the Barretts' 20 year reunion. After Mark passed away, Tanya contacted Rey to make a montage celebrating Mark's life.
Mark had been preparing to run in his first half-marathon before his accident, and Rey had an idea on how to honor his fallen friend. Rey had been training to run in the 8k, and so he planned to run in the half marathon, in memorial to Mark.
Rey feels like he's ready to make that jump and run in his first half-marathon. He knows he'll have the memory of his fallen friend, and a hero to many, there to help push him.