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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Running through reality

REGION

Dodging clusters of homeless men, chaotic traffic, and the occasional prostitute, Tracy Flynn just keeps her head down and puts one foot in front of the other. Every Monday evening for the last year, Flynn has left the suburban comfort of Shrewsbury to run a 3-mile road race through inner-city Worcester.

``My husband says I'm crazy, it's dangerous," she said. ``But any place is dangerous if you think about it."

Rolling hills and covered bridges this is not. But Paulie's House Run, as it is known, has its dedicated followers. Even on the hottest summer night, you'll find a dozen of them -- many, like Flynn, from surrounding towns -- chugging along Main Street. ...

Read more of Megan Woolhouse's story in today's Globe West and go to boston.com to see an audio slideshow about the run.

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