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ConVal grad to run for charity

Harms will run second Boston Marathon

Next month, Peterborough native Eddie Harms will run the Boston Marathon as part of the Shawn Thornton Foundation, raising awareness for cancer and Parkinson’s disease research.

Last April, Harms ran the marathon as a member of the Brigham and Womens Hospital team, finishing about half an hour before chaos broke out. “Many of my friends were not (able to finish),” he recalled in a recent interview.

Harms, a ConVal graduate, now works as a finance coordinator at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He will represent the Thornton Foundation as part of charityteams.org, a group of 20 charity organizations including the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, among others. All of the organizations train together, holding weekly runs on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings.

“It was a team-driven effort to come back this year and make sure everyone finishes,” said Harms. The Thornton foundation team is comprised of eight members and is Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton’s organization. Each member of the team is required to raise $7,500; the team total currently sits around $43,000, according to Harms.

Harms began running in college, running his first 5K as a senior. After running a few half marathons, he was hooked and began to get involved with running for charitable causes. Last year, he finished Boston in three hours and twenty six minutes, putting him at the finish line at 2:15 p.m., a half hour before disaster struck.

“As soon as I crossed the finish line I knew I wanted to run again next year,” said Harms. Despite switching teams, Harms will be rooting for his former teammates that were unable to finish last April. “I cannot wait to see all of my friends finish this year,” he said.

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