Runner Gives His First Marathon Finish Extra Meaning

September 15, 2017 by Alissa Hazlett

Deron Boyd has completed numerous half marathons, 10-mile and 5K races, and has participated in the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay a few times in the past. But Deron has yet to tackle a full 26.2 miles.

That will change next week when he takes on the Blue Line for his first marathon as part of the FirstEnergy Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay.

Crossing the finish line of his first marathon will be a special moment for Deron, but he was determined to add an extra layer of meaning.

“This is more than just running for me,” Deron said. “It’s about supporting those who have endured more than just sweating after a long run.”

Deron wanted to show his support for two of his good friends and their daughter who was born with a birth defect.

His friends’ daughter stayed in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for almost 2 months and underwent multiple surgeries to correct her condition.

“The amazing courage and strength she had at such a young age, along with her parents, has inspired me to push my limits this fall,” he said.

Deron signed up as a Children’s Champion when he registered for the FirstEnergy Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay presented  to raise money in her honor and help ensure Akron Children’s could provide that same exceptional care to other children in need.

“This is a great opportunity to raise money for an amazing organization that is doing tremendous work in our community for children of all ages,” said Deron.

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