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Marquette native finishes Boston Marathon, helps raise 30k for cancer research

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26 miles, 26 initials. Marquette native Peter Lorinser braved the cold Monday to take part in the Boston Marathon. 

Peter Lorinser, Boston Marathon runner, Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team said, "It's moving. It's something that I've done three times now and each times I have tears coming down as I cross because I run for a charity that's very important to me. Today's certainly the wettest I've been since running the Boston Marathon. It did not stop raining from start to finish, but I think it made it a little bit more special this year."  

Lorinser ran today as a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team. It's a group of runners helping to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Prior to today's Boston Marathon, Lorinser helped raise $30,000 that will go towards cancer research. 

 "This year our goal is to raise 5.5 million. I believe as of this morning when we were out in Hopkinson, we were at 5.4 million. So, it looks like we are going to meet our goal. Since the start of Dana-Farber, the marathon challenge team has raised over 90 million for cancer research. Dana-Farber is also a place where cancer patients get treated using some of the innovative treatments that have been discovered and developed at Dana-farber," said Lorinser.  

Lorinser was running for more that just personal achievement. 

"I run with 26 initials on my arm. Those are in memory of people who have lost their battles to cancer or in honor of people that are currently fighting cancer. And i really think that, you know, they carried me through the finish line." 

As for Lorinser's individual goals. He finished the marathon with a time of 3 hours and 27 minutes. A personal best.

"We always refer to the 26.2 miles that we ran today as the 'victory lap,' because really the hard work was training, the hard work was raising the money for cancer research. That's by far more important than anytime we got today during the race," concluded Lorinser.  

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