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Thirteen and a half days and 1,910 miles had elapsed since the first group of runners set out amid the bodybuilders and piercing parlors of Venice Beach, and now the baton was just around the bend, down a section of Route 66, snaking amid the prairie grass and rolling hills of southwestern Missouri.
Dan Bohannon, 57 and a grandfather of four, tied a bandana around his head, took a puff from his inhaler, and tried to ignore the butterflies in his stomach. Never in his life, he thought, had he been part of something epic.
It was nearing 9:40 p.m. on June 20. Bohannon was running the 173rd leg of the One Run for Boston , a crowd-sourced 3,300-mile relay arriving in Boston tonight.