A year has passed since the bombings at the Boston Marathon last April that left three people dead and hundreds injured. But that tragedy isn’t keeping runners away from the race this year.
Navarre residents Paul and Cynthia Villanova will be traveling to Boston for the marathon April 21 to run the 26.2-mile race. As Boston natives, this year’s race is especially meaningful for them.
“We felt a passion to run this year after we heard what happened,” Paul said. “This time we are running and raising money for team Hope, for House of Possibilities, a charity for people with developmental disabilities. Most importantly, my wife and I will be running to support Boston.”
Navarre resident Clayton Honaker will be running the Boston Marathon this year for the very first time. Honaker works two weeks out of the month on a Thunder Horse oil-producing platform in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans.
Even when he’s 150 miles offshore, Honaker still finds a way to train by using his treadmill on the oil rig. He tries to schedule his long running days while at home in Navarre. A long run is 16 to 20 miles. His short training runs are 10 to 12 miles.
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