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March 29, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Tabbut running Boston Marathon for Franklin Park Coalition

Rich Tabbut ran the 2013 Boston Marathon in memory of his mother, and he thought that would be his last time doing the historic race. Less than a half mile from the finish line Tabbut and other marathoners were stopped and prevented from finishing the race because of the horrific events that occurred on that day when so many people were injured or killed in the bombing. At first they had no idea what was happening, and for Tabbut and so many others trying to find relatives waiting for them at the finish line was a nightmare.

But that expression Boston Strong is so much more than a phrase. Because of what happened in 2013 so many are committed to running again and giving back to the city.

Tabbut is among those determined to reach the finish line. He will be back for another race on April 21 as a member of the Franklin Park Coalition Marathon Team because he wanted to give back for all the help he and others were given a year ago.

“It has been a very tough winter for training, especially for me,” said Tabbut, a Beverly resident. “I have cold air asthma and need to wear a mask when the temperature is under 40 degrees. However, in spite of that, training has been going very well.”

There haven’t been many days when the thermometer came even close to hitting 40 making this an extremely challenging time for all those training.

“Running for this special group has given me a specific way to give back to the place where I started running for the Beverly High School cross country team many years ago,” said Tabbut, a member of the Wicked Running Club. “Bostonians opened their arms to us last year when we really needed help. I am thrilled to be able to return and thank them in person.”

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