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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Related to: Why we're running for Boston
    iReporters share stories with CNN's John Sutter about why they're pledging to run marathons and other races in response to the Boston bombings.
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    2015 Boston Marathon

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mmgiannetti's apartment and office were both in the crime scene. He'd never run "an adult race" before the bombings, but started training 3+ days a week in April 2013 following the attacks. "I was stranded, with work and my apartment in the crime scene zone -- all I had was my gym clothes and what I wore to work that day. So I just ran every day that week (and did a lot of laundry)."

    And he kept running. "The miles built up and suddenly I was seeing familiar faces on the Esplanade and other popular running spots. It seemed like a lot of other Boston folks had the same idea. When I saw how the running community rallied in the days and weeks after the bombing, organizing fun runs to raise money for the One Fund and other worthy causes, I caught the bug. This was a community I wanted to be a part of." His first race was in May 2013 at the Marine Corps Honor Run 5k in South Boston and he's currently training for a half-marathon.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I was not a competitive runner until April, 2013, when it seemed like the right way to process what happened in my neighborhood. Training gives you something to do, 3 or more days a week. Lots of time to reflect. In the end, I managed to run in 4 races, all in the Boston metro area. I even managed to win a gold medal for my finish in the 5K. Currently I'm training for all 3 events of the BAA Distance Medley and my first Half-marathon in May!


    I pledged to run one, I ended the season with four:


    Marine Corps Honor Run 5k

    BAA 10K

    Allstate 5K

    Spartan Sprint Fenway 5k

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