Ryan McCall, murdered University of Tampa runner, honored through ''Ryan's Run''

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Putting together a race is tough. But harder yet is planning that race in honor of a son who was lost too soon.

"I think he would enjoy seeing what we're doing to keep himself alive," says Kevin McCall about his son, Ryan.

Ryan McCall was a 21-year-old student at the University of Tampa who loved running and coaching high school athletes.

But early one morning in August 2009, he was shot as a stranger tried to rob him. The case remains unsolved.

"After this happened, I think as a family, we didn't know what to do," Kevin says.

Together, the family thought up "Ryan's Run," a way to help his memory live on.

Register for Ryan's Run

Donate to the Ryan McCall Memorial Fund

Ryan's dad and brother are putting the final touches on the second annual race, which happens on Saturday. Same-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m.. Awards will be handed out at 8:30 a.m. during a celebration at Gaspar's Grotto. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is expected to attend.

The silhouette of a runner displayed on race signs, shirts, and medals is actually Ryan. In the photo, he's handing off a baton.

And now, his family hands off the baton to other college athletes. Money raised from Ryan's Run goes toward scholarships for students who live by the same principles and work ethic as Ryan did.  

"It's hard at times, really," Kevin says. "By doing this, it gets us in a positive mode because most days can be hard days."

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