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Dean Perry is running in memory of his late grandfather

"Running has a way of moving you forward in life."

Dean Perry will be cheered on by his two-year-old daughter while he runs in memory of his late grandfather.

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here.

Name: Dean Perry
Age: 31
From: Sudbury

This will be my fourth time running Boston. I am raising money for two great causes in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Ron Burton Training Village.

The last time I ran in 2019, my grandfather was still with us and he always could be found cheering me on from the halfway point in Wellesley. He passed away last year following a battle with cancer.


While I am running in his memory, I also am running for my daughter who, having just turned two, will get to see her dad running in the big race for the first time. Running has a way of moving you forward in life.

Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar. 


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