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Pictured is 76-year-old Marvin Van Leer as he crosses the finish line at Saturday's 5k run.

New Haven, Mo - It’s not everyday you meet someone who is 106-years-old watching her 76-year-old son run in a 5k race.

Last year, we wrote an article about 106-year-old Viola Van Leer and her 76-year-old son Marvin Van Leer.

Once again this year Marvin cruised through the finish line with the same smile but this year Viola was watching from a different place, Heaven.

Marvin told QNHN Saturday morning, “My mom never missed a race, she has always been at the finishing line waiting for me.  I ran three more races last year and then my mother passed away 48 hours after I ran in a 5k during Labor Day weekend.”

QNHN asked him the same question as last year, “Will we see you next year?” and Marvin’s response has not changed, “God willing”.

Click here to read our story about Viola.

Pictured below from last year's 5k is the late Viola Van Leer and her son Marvin Van Leer.