NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 24, 2013

No hitch in their step

Local runners plan to finish Marathon

By Dan Guttenplan
Sports Editor

---- — 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.

Cassidy, who won’t turn 1 until August, will need a minimum of 15 corrective surgeries as she grows. For more information on the race, visit www.runthecircle.org/cassidy/.

Winner’s Circle Running Club coach Mike McCormick will direct the 14th annual Hershey Youth Track and Field Series, which begins Tuesday night at Fuller Track. The series is open to youth ages 9 to 14. Practices will be Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 6:45 through June 4. The Hershey local meet will be June 11 at 5 p.m. Some of the top runners at Newburyport High and Triton passed through McCormick’s program as age-group runners.

The Newburyport Elementary PTO will hold its eighth annual Spring Fever 5K and Family Fun Run May 4. The race will have somewhat of a Boston Marathon theme, according to co-director Kristen Daigle. The event is one of the largest PTO fundraisers that supports a variety of programs for students at Brown, Bresnahan and Molin elementary schools.

“In light of what occurred at the (Boston Marathon), this will be an opportunity for the community to come together as one to celebrate our town and our children,” said Daigle. “

Newburyport Mayor Donna D. Holladay will start the 5K race, and Superintendent of Schools Marc Kerble will host a welcoming ceremony before the fun run.

“It will be a day to heal and a day to celebrate what a beautiful community we live in,” Daigle said.

Correction: In a previous article about Sharon Chase’s marathon experience, The Daily News erred in identifying her doctor at Anna Jaques. Chase’s surgeon at Anna Jaques was Robert M. Wood. Her massage therapist, Bob Keller of Myokin East, helped alleviate the pain in her psoas muscle.