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On Monday, a Springfield physical education teacher will run the Boston Marathon. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Russ Traphagen teaches physical education at McBride Elementary School in Springfield.
He began running more than three years ago when he found himself motivated to get in shape.
Traphagen says when he started running, one of his goals was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Based on his age, that meant he had to run a marathon, a total of 26 miles in three hours and 10 minutes.
Earlier this month, Traphagen held his own running event at McBride Elementary called McBoston. Students had to qualify by running or walking 100 minutes spread out over a period of time as part of a before-school program. Runners in kindergarten through second grade who participated in McBoston did a half-mile run and third and fourth graders did a mile run. Traphagen says the kids loved it.
Traphagen won't be the only Springfieldian in the Boston Marathon...Several others who are members of the local running group Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners will also participate. Traphagen leaves Saturday for Boston and returns Monday after the race.
You can follow the results of the Boston Marathon online at BostonMarathon.org