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Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 28 June 2013 09:00
Victoria Dugger running her leg of One Run for Boston. (Photo provided)
Several area residents joined a cross-country relay in support of Boston Marathon bombing victims Tuesday.
One Run For Boston, a trek from Los Angeles to Boston heavily organized through social media, asked would-be participants to sign up for legs of the 3,000-mile race in an effort that has raised nearly $70,000.
Amy Craft Ahrens of Bowling Green and Victoria Dugger of Perrysburg were among the many runners who took turns carrying "Miles," an aptly-named baton equipped with GPS so followers can track the race online.
Dugger, her husband Brian, and a friend, Mckenzie Smith of Oregon, signed up after witnessing the bombing while Dugger and Smith were training for the Glass City Marathon with eyes on participating in the Boston Marathon next year.
The trio led the way for 7.5 miles between Reynoldsburg and Etna, Ohio. They ran Tuesday morning before midday heat took effect, though Craft Ahrens wasn't as fortunate.
Temperatures swelled into the 90s when she and Shan Gravell of South Lyon, Mich., ran the 13.5 miles from Brownsville into Zanesville.
"We were kicking ourselves for picking the hottest part of the day," said Craft Ahrens.
"The first few miles very were hilly. There was no air moving, and we weren't sure we'd make it. But it got better; there were eventually fewer hills, a breeze and a little bit of shade."
Craft Ahrens and Dugger agreed the relay would have been tough to pull off had social media not been used to fill in the gaps, some of which went through stretches of near-desert in Arizona and New Mexico.
The experience was "cathartic" for Craft Ahrens, who said she was unable to run the Boston Marathon due to an injury but had many friends participating. They had finished well before bombs went off near the finish line April 15, but it was a shock to the running community, some of whom looked to One Run For Boston to move past the event.
"It's been a way to find closure to events that happened," Craft Ahrens said.
"It didn't feel finished. This was a way to give back, while also helping the people who will be dealing with major difficulties for the rest of their lives."
The relay began in Los Angeles June 7 and will end in Boston on Sunday. Those interested in making donations or tracking runners' progress may visit
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 09:34

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