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Runner with Summit County connection narrowly avoids bombing

Special to the DailyCheryl Kauvar

Special to the DailyCheryl Kauvar

Runner Cheryl Kauvar survived the Boston Marathon on Monday – literally.

The young, single Boston executive not only covered the 26.2 miles, she escaped two apparent terrorist bomb blasts that killed at least three persons and injured scores of others.

Kauvar lends a localized angle to the Summit Daily’s coverage of the East Coast tragedy, having lived here for two months earlier this winter.

The managing partner at eThink Education LLC, a technology company that provides learning management systems to colleges and universities, Kauvar stayed at a Frisco’s Bear’s Den condo unit owned by Matt and Kristin Moore of Indiana in December and January.

“I’m okay – was right there – scary stuff,” she replied Monday afternoon from Boston. “Thanks for checking in. The race was great – minus the explosions.”

“Apparently I finished 90 seconds before the explosion,” Cheryl says. “Scary time here.”

The field of marathoners numbered about 28,000 registered entrants, according to estimates for the 117th annual event, that also is a three-day Boston holiday known as Patriots’ Day, which marks the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first of the American Revolutionary War.

Kauvar was a subject of Hey, Spike! on Dec. 28, providing a glimpse into her professional career and running.

“I’ve been running most of my life, although I’ve gotten more interested in long distance running in the past five years,” she comments. “I’ve completed two marathons: the Philadelphia Marathon and the Bay State Marathon in Lowell, Mass. I’m training to run the Boston Marathon this coming April, which is a life-long goal of mine having grown up in the Boston area.”