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Dash to the starting line is on

"We have about 35 to 40 kids, all urban, inner city youth who have never ran," said Lotmore. "We're starting out slow...but we're definitely building up and they really like it."

Lotmore plans to bring the team to as many events as possible this spring and summer, but the Dash will be the first event for the kids. Road running is something of a foreign concept to many of the students, so she hopes they'll be encouraged by seeing there's a whole group of people behind the activity.

"I thought it would be a fun one to open with," she said. "I know they get T-shirts and that it's really a community event."

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