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1,500 runners expected to participate in 26.4.26 Marathon

GILFORD — In an expression of solidarity with the victims of last year's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., local educators are organizing a relay marathon on April 14. The event, titled 26.4.26, will see as many as 1,500 participants come to the region for the event. Each of the 340 registered teams will run a mile for each of the victims of the Newtown shooting.
The run will begin and end at the gazebo on Belknap Mountain Road, with event headquarters at the nearby Gilford Elementary School. Participants will run along Morrill Street into Laconia, follow a route that visits each of Laconia's three elementary schools, and run back to Gilford Elementary via Gilford Avenue/Route 11A.
Silent auctions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Patrick's Pub and Eatery, where participants will register, and all day at Gilford Elementary School.
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