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June 28, 2013

Back to Boylston for Hribar

Top local marathoner to join One Run for Boston

Maddy Hribar had nothing but positive thoughts after crossing the Boston Marathon finish line in April.

The Newburyport resident had the top local finish — 152nd overall among women — in 3:01.17. It was her best Boston Marathon performance in three attempts, and she narrowly missed her stretch goal of breaking three hours by 77 seconds.

“Running Boston is always an amazing experience, and this year was definitely a special race,” Hribar said. “When I crossed the finish line, I was elated to beat my previous best. I was trying to go sub-3, so I was ecstatic. All of that went out the window a couple of minutes later. Really, nothing mattered by the end of the day except for the people who were killed and injured.”

Hribar will look to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings Sunday when she runs the final eight legs of the One Run For Boston Relay. The relay started in Venice Beach in Los Angeles June 7, and will track 3,000 miles and 300 stages before the end of the weekend. Hribar will follow the baton from the point it reaches Massachusetts in Douglas through the finish line on Boylston Street, roughly 50 miles in total.

Hribar, 29, expects to run the first few legs through Massachusetts alongside one or two other relay runners. More than 500 runners are expected to run the final stage, approximately 51/2 miles into Boston.

“I want to get involved,” Hribar said. “It’s pretty big. We’re trying to keep everybody together for the relay, but I’m sure logistics will be tricky at the end with so many people running. Hopefully we can all stay together, and I know it will be an emotional time at the finish line on Boylston.”

In total, 1,784 runners have raised $69,207 through the relay’s website as of 6 p.m. last evening. All proceeds from the race will go to One Fund Boston, which is a charity that will benefit marathon bombing victims and their families. Those interested in donating or sponsoring Hribar’s effort can visit www.onerunforboston.org.

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