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One Run for Boston baton turned over to Boston museum

2:06 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
(Photo: Courtesy One Run for Boston organizers)
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"Miles," the plastic, GPS-equipped baton that led the One Run for Boston benefit relay from Venice Beach, Calif. to Boston, is now on permanent display at the Boston Athletic Association Museum.

 

"Miles," the durable plastic, GPS-equipped baton that led the coast-to-coast One Run for Boston fundraising relay, is now safely nestled at "his" new home at the Boston Athletic Association Museum.

If Miles could talk, he might say he needed this rest after a three-week emotional trek across the country that started June 7 at Venice Beach in the Los Angeles area.

Held in the hands of each of 1,700 runners at various times as they pounded across America, Miles trailed through the desert, alongside the destruction of the Oklahoma City tornado, past the St. Louis Arch, through lightning, heat and driving rain, to the site of the former World Trade Center, up Fifth Avenue to Central Park, through New England and, ultimately, the Boston Marathon finish line early Monday morning.

By the time Miles made the crush toward the blue and yellow painted finish on Boston's Boylston Street, he was being held together with the help of silver duct tape and had lost his GPS a few times. Even after the finish, Miles became a receptacle for beer at an after party and was shared all around among the relay organizers and runners.

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