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April 24, 2013

No hitch in their step

Local runners plan to finish Marathon

Two members of Winner’s Circle Running Club are not quite ready to close the book on this year’s Boston Marathon.

Newburyport married couple Tom and Sharon Chase plan to lead a caravan to the Boston Marathon course Saturday for runners who were unable to finish April 15 before the race was called off on account of the bombings.

Sharon Chase says the caravan will include drop-offs in Newton, Brookline and Boston, depending on where each particular runner stopped. The entire group will then gather to celebrate at one of the Boylston Street establishments.

“Not only will this give some closure to the feelings of unfinished business for those of us who didn’t reach the end,” Sharon Chase says, “it will allow (Winner’s Circle) member Curtis Lintvedt (Exeter, N.H.) a chance to finish his 250th marathon.”

Lintvedt was stopped a half mile from the finish line, while others had as many as six or seven miles left to complete. Sharon Chase, who is planning to dress exactly as she was on Marathon Monday — bib numbers and all — is hoping to appeal to a pool of local runners, which includes Amesbury’s Elizabeth Van Hoven, Kevin St. Onge and Brian Zudeck, Newburyport’s Alexandra Curry, Dale Granger-Eckert, Mary Willingham, Jennifer Sullivan, Erin Connors and Eric Bowden, Salisbury’s Sean Leonard, Merrimac’s Peter Ackerman, Newbury’s William York and Ronald Kennedy, and Rowley’s John Weston.

Those interested can contact Chase at honeydog20@comcast.net.

The caravan will leave following the inaugural Cassidy’s 5K Race/Fun Walk, which starts at Sylvan Street Grille in Salisbury at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The race proceeds will go to the family of Cassidy Claire Nicholas, who was born seven weeks premature with Treacher-Collins syndrome Aug. 5, 2012. TCS is a rare genetic disorder that affects the anatomy of the cranium and facial bone structure.

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