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Bellmont High School graduate Jay Krider ran the final 16 miles of Monday’s Boston Marathon while fighting the anguish of severe muscle cramping. What got Krider to the finish line of the 26.2-mile race was not so much what was in his heart as it was the sign he had attached — somewhat outside the race rules — to his runner’s bib.
While marathon rules technically prohibit runners from attaching anything to their official race number, Krider — at the risk of disqualification — nonetheless pinned a sign that read “Decatur, Indiana” to his bib. And it was that sign — and the encouragement it solicited from the tens of thousands of race spectators along the marathon route — that led him to the finish line.
While at BHS, Krider was a multi-sport athlete. He ran cross-country for four years, under the direction of Coach Randy Hisner. He was also a wrestler and a baseball player during his high school career. And it was during that time that he came to know exactly what it means to be a part of the Decatur community.
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