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The Suburbanite
  • Local marathon runners respond to bombing in Boston with a therapy run

  • A group of local marathon runners stage their own running response to the Boston Marathon deadly bombing.

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  • What happened Monday in Boston, for Randy Wittmer, was both an attack on this nation and on marathon runners.
    “It is two-fold for us, in a way,” said Wittmer of North Canton, who joined about a dozen distance runners Tuesday at Hoover Park Trail for a distance run to mark the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.
    Members of various local running clubs assembled  to engage in sort of a therapy run which started on the 2.2-mile trail, which is part of the Stark County Park District.
    “We have a lot of friends who were there,” said Kellie Johnson of North Canton who helped organize the event. “It is a chance for us to get together and support one another.”
    Johnson had participated in the Boston Marathon the previous two years. The goal was to run a little more than six miles.
    To test the runners’ resolve, a down pour started just as they got started on the track.
     “Some people dropped off after the first two miles,” Johnson said. “Those that finished, it took 54 minutes, something like that.”
    For participant, Julian Curet, the exercise Tuesday was to demonstrate resiliency.
    Acts of terrorism “are to scare people, to respond to fear,” Curet said. “This is why we are having this. Together we are to stand up against that.”
     Reach Malcolm at 330-5808305 or malcolm.hall@cantonrep.com
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