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Sometimes there are things more important than shaving a few seconds off your race time.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, numerous runners in a Sunday race stopped to thank a World War II veteran who wanted to cheer them on.

Joe Bell, 95, had come out on the drizzly morning to cheer on the runners in the 8-kilometer race from downtown San Jose to Santana Row. The event's charity partner is the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds scholarships for military veterans and their spouses.

Bell set up shop right next to the course and a lot of runners offered him some kind words and a handshake.

It's the little things that make us, as people, awesome.

Carter Nacke, Web Content Editor - KTAR.com/ArizonaSports.com

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