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March 28, 2013

McLaughlin takes on Boston Marathon in memory of late friend

McLaughlin takes on Boston Marathon in memory of friend

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“A lot of times I will start by running up River Road, go up past West Elementary, past the high school and Sanborn School, then over to Wood Hill.”

Now just over two weeks away, McLaughlin is dreaming of receiving her race bib — which will read “In honor of Alexandra Miliotis” — and take the starting line for the Marathon while running with the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society.

“I’m getting a little bit nervous,” she said. “I think it’s going to be pretty emotional. I think it’s going to go by very fast. To run such a long distance, and have my family, friends and Arianna there at the end will be awesome.”

Arianna, for one, can’t wait to welcome her friend at the finish line.

“It really is so moving that she is going to do this,” said Arianna. “Ashley has been so important to ‘Alex’s Team’ and she is so close to out family. When she crosses the finish line, it’s going to be very emotional and I will be so proud of her.”

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