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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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More than 400 runners burned off Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie during the 11th annual Jingle Bell Run 5k Nov. 30 at Anoka High School. Overall champion Wade Cruser, 26, of Sauk Rapids, right, finished in 16 minutes, 30 seconds and Terri Emond, 30, St. Louis Park, was the top female finisher in 18:21.

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