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The Suburbanite
  • Jackson community runs for Boston

  • The Jackson Township community came together at the North Park April 19 to run and carry American flags in honor the runners and those who were lost or injured in two explosions that went off during the Boston Marathon.

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  • While America was once again rocked by “acts of terror” on April 15 in Boston, Mass., Americans have been coming together in unity across the country to show amazing resolve.
    The Jackson Township community came together at the North Park April 19 to run and carry American flags in honor the runners and those who were lost or injured in two explosions that went off during the Boston Marathon.
    Kevin Walsh, head cross-country coach and assistant track coach at Jackson Local Schools, brought members of the track and other athletic team members together with township residents to do a short run while carrying an American flag. Small and large groups of runners ran around the park track and through surrounding neighborhoods.  
    “In addition to the high school and middle school teams, we have runners from the Paul and Carol David YMCA, community members, teachers, parents of team members and runners from the Jason Vickers running group. Many members of the Vickers’ group have run the Boston Marathon,” Walsh said.
    Flags were supplied by Jim Youngdahl of the Ohio National Guard, who, Walsh said, is an avid runner.
    Walsh started the run by saying a few words about the events that happened at this year’s Boston Marathon. Then the entire group observed a moment of silence for those lost or injured because of the marathon bombings. In the end, the goal for the runners was to deliver a special message.
    “We are running today to say that evil will not win the race, the American spirit will always win,” Walsh said.
    Walsh got the idea for the event from a feature on one of the Cleveland television stations about Gabe Pzonowsky who reportedly grabbed a flag and went for a run in support of the Boston Marathon.
    “Seeing what Pzonowsky did inspired me to organize this run,” Walsh said. “The running community across the country feels a connection with the Boston Marathon because it is the ultimate destination for participating in a marathon.”
    One of the runners attending the afternoon event was Ray Fryan. He was at this year’s Boston Marathon with his daughter.
    “We were in the family waiting area which was about three blocks away from the explosions,” Fryan said. “We were not in harm’s way but we could hear the blasts. I had two friends that were both within 200 yards.”