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South End resident to run first marathon for Perkins

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 3, 2013 03:13 PM

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Perkins Runner Jenn Pflug.jpg South End resident Jennifer Pflug has never run a marathon before, but in less than two weeks she will be making her way to Boylston Street to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

For Pflug, her first marathon run is not just about conquering Heartbreak Hill. Pflug, a physical therapy at Northeastern University, is running to raise money for Perkins, the nation’s first school for the blind.

“Since I moved to Boston, every Patriots’ Day I stood on Boylston Street cheering as I watched thousands of runners cross the finish line,” Pflug said. “I could see the expression on the runners’ faces as they see the finish line and all of the emotion that comes with running 26.2 miles.”

Pflug, who has run 5K and 10K races and a half marathon, will join five other runners also raising money for Perkins and its divisions, including School for the Blind, International, Library, eLearning, and Products.

Team Perkins, which includes five runners from Massachusetts and one from Colorado, aims to raise $35,000 for the Watertown-based nonprofit. All donations will fund Perkins’ on-campus, regional and international programs.

“It wasn’t until I worked at Perkins that I found a team that I was passionate about. I am beyond excited and honored to run as part of Team Perkins,” said Pflug, who worked as a physical therapy co-op student at Perkins School for the Blind last year.

“As much as I like to think I impacted the students’ lives, they have truly inspired me. Day after day, the kids never ceased to put a smile on my face,” she said. “I want to run the marathon for the students, for all of their hard work and efforts, and because despite any difficulties, at the end of the day, they just want to be kids.”

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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