This Father Ran the NYC Marathon in Honor of His Son, One of Mexico's '43'

Father Mexican 43 Students Runs New York City Marathon

Mexican immigrant Antonio Tizapa ran his first New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1 in honor of his 21-year-old son, Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, who disappeared along with 42 classmates in Iguala, Mexico last year. The cause of the disappearance of the 43 students remains undetermined. 

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Tizapa Legideño and 42 other students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in September 2014. The Mexican government insists the students were handed over to a local drug gang, killed and incinerated, but an independent forensics commission rejects that account of events. The families of the missing students believe the 43 are still alive. 

Tizapa previously ran the Bronx Community College 5K (pictured above) in honor of his missing son. On Sunday, the runner completed the 26.2 mile race in a t-shirt that read "Ayotzinapa 43," and volunteers lined up alongside the course with pictures of the 43 students. 

"We are not professional athletes," the father told NBCNews. "We don't have the talent of Mexico's soccer stars... But we have a big heart... and work hard like professionals to make people aware of Mexico." 

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