running

At some point last winter a friend of mine had a brilliant idea to run a marathon.
We’ve completed a number of 5Ks, 10-milers and half-marathons so the natural progression was to take that next leap to a full 26.2 miles.

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Six months ago St. Francis senior Grant Olsen was coming off a trip to the state cross country meet, looking forward to an off-season of training before one more spring track season.

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Brent Hatch missed running the infamous Boston Marathon last year after recovering from an Achilles’s tendon injury. The teacher from Madison Elementary School in Blaine knew this year would take an extra effort – not only to qualify but to run close to his sub-three hour time on the famed 26.2-mile course.

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Eight local runners were part of one of the largest fields for the 118th Boston Marathon April 21, one year after the bombings. Below is a list of those finishers including name, age, hometown and time.

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