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Local man to run Boston half marathon

PeacockBy SARAH BRADBURY

sarah@southwesttimes.com

Radford resident Jonathan Peacock, manager of Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint, is planning to run the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Half Marathon in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Peacock is trying to raise at least $500 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, sponsor of the event, in order to meet donation entry requirements.  The 13.1 mile run begins and ends at White Stadium in Franklin Park, one of America’s oldest parks.

“Members of the Dana-Farber team in this prestigious Boston Athletic Association event raise funds to support the Jimmy Fund,” according to the Run for Dana-Farber website. “Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is the Presenting Sponsor and Exclusive Charity Partner of the 2013 BAA Half Marathon.”

Peacock will be running with his godfather, Dennis Chagnon, who inspired him to run his first half marathon in 2012. “He has run the actual Boston marathon many times and now donates his medical expertise to the run as a volunteer,” said Peacock of his godfather.

He says Chagnon was there during the bombings, but thankfully was okay. “We will be running this half marathon in Boston together to remember those who died and were injured,” said Peacock.

To donate funds to support Peacock’s run, visit rundanafarber.org, choose “support a runner,” choose “BAA Half Marathon,” then type in “Jonathan Peacock.” His name appears near the middle of the page, and once you click it, you will be sent to a secure donation site.

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