'She was a 4'9'' giant': Community hosts run to remember mother killed while jogging

Early Thursday morning, a driver crashed into Martha Hilts as she was running on the sidewalk of her Ahwatukee neighborhood.

AHWATUKEE, Ariz. - Martha Hilts wasn't even five feet tall, but she had a big impact on her community. 

"She stood 4-foot-9, but stood like a giant, and you can see the result of that now," said her close friend Chad Ropke as he watched hundreds of people gather for a run in Hilt's honor. 

Hilts was an avid jogger, running almost every morning. 

Early Thursday morning, a driver crashed into Hilts as she was running on the sidewalk of her Ahwatukee neighborhood. 

"We knew this was going to be a big loss because she was such a caring and selfless person... She also volunteered at church, volunteered to help the homeless, and was always there for everybody else," said Ropke. 

Sunday morning hundreds of friends, family members and people in the community came out for her. 

"It's amazing to see so many people are thinking about her, and are going to miss her and there's almost no way to put it into words," said Ropke. 

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