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Westlake man runs Boston Marathon virtually for multiple sclerosis awareness, research

Boston Marathon runner
Posted at 1:53 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 14:58:16-04

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Every year, runners all over the country flock to New England for the Boston Marathon, but this year, they’re racing in their hometowns as the marathon has gone virtual.

Anyone who registered for the cancelled event back in April was offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and has the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between Sept. 7–14.

Brad Lamb from Westlake opted for the virtual alternative and is running around his neighborhood for a very important cause.

Lamb got those miles in on Sunday to raise money for multiple sclerosis awareness and research, adding to an already impressive tally.

“Spent the better half of the last year raising well, as of right now, over $15,000 for the MS Society,” Lamb said.

He said the organization really needs help, especially now with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I know that they've really taken a hit, as with every nonprofit out there, this year has really taken a hit on fundraising,” Lamb said.

The cause is also close to his heart for personal reasons.

“My dad had MS and passed away with it,” Lamb said.

Lamb said not only did his dad have the disease, he also participated in a charity bike ride to raise money for the MS Society back in the 90s.

“He wanted to be able to do something to give back because he's able to or he was able to at that time,” Lamb said.

Lamb said he feels the same way, which is why he decided to run, honoring his dad and also continuing his legacy.

“The fact that I'm able to not only run Boston, which is like the Super Bowl of marathons, but the fact that I'm able to raise money and help the M.S. Society makes it all the more special to me,” Lamb said.

To learn more about donating to Lamb's cause, click here.

Jade Jarvis is a reporter at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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