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Garmin Marathon helping locals who ran in Boston get total race time

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A Lenexa police officer running 52 marathons in 52 weeks talks about the tragedy in Boston and how the Saturday Garmin Marathon in Olathe, KS, is helping out locals who ran in the Boston Marathon get a total time for the race.

This weekend will mark the 16th marathon for Lenexa, KS, police Officer Bob Schluben. As he continues his quest to compete in a marathon a week, some local runners will now be joining the Olathe Garmin Marathon to finish the race they didn't get to complete Monday in Boston.

"It's going pretty good. It's a little harder than I thought it was going to be, but I'm able to keep going and keep moving forward," Schluben said.

Schluben set a big goal for himself, to run a marathon a week for one year. It's all to raise money for the Sunflower House, a children's advocacy center in Johnson County.

Most weekends he's driving hours to the nearest race. This weekend he's heading to Olathe for the Garmin Marathon and he expects this marathon to be an emotional one.

"I had some friends that ran in Boston and some local runners ran in Boston, so we all are familiar with what happened there and we all are going to be thinking about them when we are running on Saturday," Schluben said.

With Boston on everyone's minds, officials with the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau are doing something that's never been done before. They are allowing local runners who competed in the Boston Marathon to run in this weekend's race and finish what they started, but never completed.

"Being able to run the Boston Marathon is a pinnacle of any runners career so if we are able to help out by letting them complete it at our race. I think that's the right thing to do," said Ashley Arnold, the vice president for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Schluben suspects those competing will all have Boston in the back of their heads, pushing them to the finish line, making a point of moving forward.

"You can't let this affect you. That's the purpose of terrorism, that's what they want to accomplish," he said. "You can't let one bad thing hold you back. Keep doing what you love to do."

Schluben said running the Boston marathon is a goal of his and one he plans to continue to pursue.

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