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Fairfield, Southport Runners Tackle Boston Marathon For CT Challenge

Fairfield's Keri O'Neill meets her family in the 14th mile of the Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: Contributed
Keri O'Neill's singlet for the Boston Marathon expresses her goal to run for cancer survivors. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s Keri O’Neill and Southport’s John Barlow were among five runners who supported the CT Challenge in last week's Boston Marathon.

The runners have raised nearly $25,000 with donations still being received for their efforts. O’Neill raised more than $5,000 and Barlow topped $5,700.

“The race was an amazing and emotional experience,’’ O’Neill said. “My family was able to meet me at mile 14.5. Also, I painted a message on the back of my CT Challenge singlet. I had runners stopping me and telling me that they are [cancer] survivors and thanking me for my efforts. It was very emotional.”

O’Neill finished in 4:27:06, and Barlow covered the 26.2-mile distance in 4:21:55.

“I can’t thank the CT Challenge enough for giving me this life experience and being able to help others at the same time,’’ O’Neill said.

The CT Challenge empowers cancer survivors with a host of physical and education programs.

O’Neill’s fundraising page is online . Barlow’s fundraising page is available here .

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