Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alred Has Best Boston Start Spot

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alred Has Best Boston Start Spot

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A lot of marathoners probably would pay a lot of money to be

where Doug Alred will be tomorrow.

Not only is the Gate River Run race director and owner of 1st

Place Sports running in the historic 100th Boston Marathon,

he has the best bib number of anyone from Northeast Florida

or Southeast Georgia -- 2,294.

Not a bad spot to be in when there will be an estimated 38,500

other qualified runners and 10,000 to 20,000 bandits, or

unofficial runners.

Depending on whom you ask, the number of Northeast Floridians

running ranges from 100 to 200. The Boston Athletic Association

lists less than 100, but won't guarantee the accuracy of it's

Internet information.

While Alred is working up a sweat running through the narrow

streets of Massachusetts, Jacksonville's Jeremy P. Smith, bib

No. 37,188, will be sweating, too, while he waits as much as 45

minutes before reaching the starting line.

He'll have plenty of company from the area: Diana Payne, also

from Jacksonville, will be wearing bib No. 36,608; Tripp Sabin

of Jacksonville Beach will be wearing No. 33,302; and nearby

will be Richard Brown of Ponte Vedra Beach, No. 33,363, and

Orange Park's Guillermo Ramos-Piazza wearing No. 32,469.

Joining them in the back of the pack will be runners who are

trying to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Any

funds they raise will be matched by Jacksonville Jaguars owner

Wayne Weaver. This year's goal is $1 million.

The runners are: Ron Weaver, Atlantic Beach; Joe Barton, Greg

Gross, Kevin Hyde, Charlie Lemley, Millie Milligan, Jamie Rood,

Jaguars President David Seldin and Macky Weaver, all from

Jacksonville; and Kathleen McCreedy and Jaguars head trainer

Mike Ryan, both from Ponte Vedra Beach.

But being in the runner's world equivalent of the nosebleed

section doesn't seem important to them; taking part in this

special race is what counts.

Pat Shear, Alred's sister-inlaw and a Boston Marathon veteran

who has run the race 11 times, once finished in the top 25. …

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