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COLUMBIA CITY â€” When Kende Hare made the decision to participate in the Columbia City Veterans Marathon last year, she didnâ€™t know if her husband would be able to see her cross the finish line.
He husband, Jason, was stationed in Kuwait for 10 months as a flight medic, and didnâ€™t know when he was going to return home.
Regardless, Kende trained all summer for her first marathon.
â€śIâ€™d always wanted to run a full marathon,â€ť Kende said. â€śWhen Jason was deployed I decided I wanted to do this race for all veterans.
â€śIt was important to me to show my gratitude for those who sacrifice for all of us.â€ť
Kende said she enjoyed watching the Veterans Marathon last year, and running her first marathon in town was a no-brainer.
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