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Saucony establishes Shay Fund

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Globe Staff / April 18, 2008

Saucony yesterday launched the Ryan Shay Memorial Fund, established by Alicia Shay to honor her late husband's passion to help disadvantaged individuals, groups, and communities, as well as to fund American distance runners in need.

Ryan Shay, a Saucony-sponsored athlete, collapsed and died 5 1/2 miles into the marathon during the US men's Olympic Trials in New York City Nov. 3. He was 28. An autopsy later determined Shay died of an irregular heartbeat caused by an enlarged heart, according to spokesperson Ellen Borakove.

Saucony will dedicate a portion of its product creation and design center to Ryan's memory. In addition, Saucony unveiled the new Shay XC, a cross-country running shoe.

Saina steps up

Lawrence Saina of Kenya is a late addition to the men's elite field. Saina, 26, has a marathon personal record of 2:09:52 from the 2006 Oporto (Portugal) Marathon and a half-marathon PR of 1:01:38 . . . The 31st John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will kick off marathon weekend today at the Hynes Convention Center. The largest runners' expo in the US is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. . . . The Boston Athletic Association will post every 5K split on bostonmarathon.org, and family and friends can track a runner's progress by logging in and entering the runner's name or bib number.

Bruschi team ready to go

For the third consecutive year, Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor Tedy Bruschi will sponsor a team of runners, which this year is 50 strong, to raise stroke awareness. All the runners are stroke survivors or have a relative or friend who is. Bruschi and his wife Heidi will host a "Night of Inspiration" Saturday at the Seaport Hotel. The event is sold out . . . Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Marathon champion, will throw out the first pitch Sunday at Fenway Park before the Rangers-Red Sox game. Meyer is the last American man to win in Boston and will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his feat by running the 112th Boston Marathon the next day . . . Walter F. Brown has been the race starter since 1990. He is the grandson of George V. Brown, who was the starter from 1905-37. A member of the Brown family has been the starter since 1905, with the exception of one year . . . Top finishers from Sunday's US women's Olympic Trials will serve as the official Grand Marshals for Monday's race.

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