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Ridgewood resident to run with MR8 Boston Marathon charity team


Ridgewood resident to run with MR8 Boston Marathon charity team

APRIL 20, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014, 9:33 AM

When Ridgewood resident Kevin Entwistle, 21, heard about the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon, a string of events followed. He became obsessed with the crushing TV news. He went on a run. And he decided to run his first marathon in Boston in 2014.

Ridgewood High School graduate Kevin Entwistle, 21, took a pre-marathon run on Thursday in his charity team’s MR8 shirt, in honor of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. Entwistle will run the marathon for Team MR8 this Monday, April 21.

The decision was natural; he felt a connection to the area his whole life. He has family in Massachusetts, he is a big Boston sports fan, and his father has run in the Boston Marathon twice.

“It was like an immediate response,” he recalled.

And one year later, without having even crossed the finish line yet – that will come this Monday, April 21 – Entwistle has already made Boston proud, by raising more than $7,100 for the charitable foundation created in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the marathon bombings last year. Many Ridgewood residents are already among his donors, and he’s looking to other members of his local community to help raise even more money to reach, and hopefully surpass, his goal of $7,500.

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