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Tribune file photo Eric Januszewski, left, on his way to a first-place finish in the Red Beard 5K on March 15.

Willmar Notebook: Breathing in the Boston spirit

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So, what was it like to run Boston, on Monday — one year after?

In a word, “Phenomenal.”

This reporter phoned up Beth Van Gulijk of rural New London for a description of the long run from Hopkinton to downtown on Patriot’s Day.


“Why me?” she wanted to know. There are faster runners in the small group of local runners who made the 118th running, she points out.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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