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March 11, 2010

Allen Freeman, CYCLE Kids Boston Marathon Team 2010

For Allen Freeman, a resident of The Colony, Texas, running the 2010 Boston Marathon will make a 30-year-old dream come true. He reminisces, “I grew up in the Boston area, spending my summers in Taunton and on Cape Cod. I fell in love with running in 1978 when my grandmother and I watched Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit and Team Hoyt compete in the Falmouth Road Race.” From that day forward, Allen has been hooked on running and on the Boston Marathon.

You don’t have to talk with Allen for very long to realize his passion for sports, and more specifically, teaching kids life lessons through athletics. He coaches at least one youth sports team a season and is a co-founder of The Colony Kids Chase by the Lake, a low-cost, kids-only running event. His personal mission is to get kids off the couch and outside doing something. “Sports teach kids how to work as a team, hold leadership positions, and to take responsibility for their actions,” says Allen. “I love the CYCLE Kids mission of teaching a life-long activity that will keep them healthy and teach them lessons for succeeding in life.”

Allen’s goal is to cover the 26-mile course in 3 hours and 50 minutes. But since this is such enduring dream, he’s also “going to hang out, be a tourist, and take it all in.”

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