Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kerry's daughter to run Boston Marathon "just like her Dad."

Read more here about John Kerry's famous Boston Marathon run, from Blue States for Bush.

I don't believe Vanessa has run a qualifying time to be accepted as an official entrant, but the BAA, race organizers, do allow runners raising money for charity to enter and run.

From the Boston Globe gossip column by Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan.

GOING THE DISTANCE Following in her father's footsteps, Vanessa Kerry is training to run in the Boston Marathon. John Kerry's youngest daughter is studying in London on a Fulbright scholarship, but told friends in a recent e-mail that she's training for the April race. (Her father has said he competed in the late 1970s.) In the e-mail, Kerry said she's running as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's marathon team and invited friends to visit the Dana-Farber website and make a donation supporting cancer research. (Among those who've responded are famous friends: singer Carole King and Al Gore's middle daughter, Kristin Gore.) Reached yesterday in Bozeman, Mont., where her mother, Julia Thorne, lives, Kerry declined to specify her reasons for running the marathon, but said that her parents, both of whom have been treated for cancer, are an inspiration. ''It's for everybody I've known who's had cancer," said the third-year Harvard Medical School student. ''It's a way for me to be involved in something positive and proactive after the election."

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