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Support overwhelming from local community

I recently had the amazing privilege of running the Boston Marathon, this past Monday (April 15).

I could not have completed this race without the help and support of so many people in the Sunnyside community. First, of course, was my family, who put up with endless hours of training. My Chief Kamiakin School family supported and encouraged me. People helped me find ways to carve minutes out of my day to complete runs before it got dark in the winter, ran with me and always asked me how things were going.

Dr. David Swofford made time in his busy schedule, numerous times, when injuries slowed me down. Special thanks for the extra time and efforts he put in two weeks before the race when an injury kept me from my normal training leading up to the race.

I got nothing but support from individuals and businesses throughout the community.

Finally, I have a room full of wonderful first grade students who were my personal cheer squad. They provided the inspiration I needed when 12 miles into the race my injury resurfaced.

After the race I was overwhelmed by the number of people who texted, e-mailed and called to make sure my daughters and I were OK.

I have discovered it takes a community to make a Boston Marathon runner. Thank you to all who helped me achieve this goal.

/s/ Doris Matson, Sunnyside

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