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Running for One Fund Boston
Central High senior Taneka Jacob adjusts the hair of Genevieve Santiago, a junior. (MARK HAYWARD /UNION LEADER)
More than 250 students and faculty took part in Central Runs Road Race, a 2-mile jaunt held to raise money for One Fund Boston. (MARK HAYWARD /UNION LEADER)
"It's touched our lives big time," said biology teacher Rich Terrel, who donned a "Central Runs for Boston" T-shirt and joined a pack of runners years younger than he. "This is what humanity's all about — compassion, empathy, sometimes sympathy. And they love the T-shirts."
The event brimmed with end-of-the-year school spirit.
The race was timed for an end-of-the-day pep rally, so classtime had already been shortened, said Shelli Cook, adviser to the Key Club. The route took students north on Maple Street, west on Blodgett Street then south on Ash Street back to Central.
Some runners were former Central students, such as Lauren Ashby, 22, who ran the Boston Marathon last year with former track coach Kelly Fox.
The bombings have brought a lot of attention to running, Ashby said.