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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Westport 2013 Boston Runners Not Back This Year

By Dave Matlow

With the 118th running of the Boston Marathon a week away, two Westporters, who competed in last year’s event say they won’t be back this year, but not because of the 2013 terrorist bombing.

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Blake Benke and Kathy Muro (holding 2013 Boston Marthon jacket): other reasons for not running this year. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Blake Benke, 37, who completed the Boston Marathon for the 10th time last year and was only a couple blocks away when the explosions happened, said, “It will never be the same for me.

“The day is somewhat tainted. The aftereffects are disturbing, like a pre-9/11 and a post-9/11. Life, as we know it, changed. We were pure and innocent. That changed on a dime.” 

Benke said he has many friends who are entered in this year’s event, but he cannot participate.  “My absence has nothing to do with last year’s experience,” he said. “I will not be there because I’ve run many long races and am not focused on a marathon at this point.”

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