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2013 Boston Marathon Profile: Ray Charbonneau

Arlington's Ray Charbonneau will run his fifth Boston Marathon (22nd overall) Monday, April 15, as a sighted guide for a blind runner, Mike Merino of Texas.

Are you running the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15? Fill out this form to submit your profile to Arlington Patch – make sure to email a photo to john.waller@patch.com too – and we'll print the profiles prior to the race.

Arlington Residents Running the 2013 Boston Marathon

Name: Ray Charbonneau

Age: 51

Marathon Experience: This will be my fifth Boston Marathon and 22nd overall. I’ve also run the Vermont 100 one-and-a-half times and over 200 other races.

Reason for Running: This year I'm running as a sighted guide for a blind runner, Mike Merino from Texas (so my name doesn't show up in the registration list). We'll meet for the first time the day before the marathon, so it should be interesting. Fifty percent of the proceeds from my new book, "Overthinking the Marathon," are going to support the Mass. Association for the Blind: http://www.y42k.com/books/overthinking_for_charity.html.

Training Tip: It's too late for any big changes this time around, but next time, if you want to run a faster marathon, run more than 26.2 before the race. For details, read this: http://y42k.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/ccm-diary-this-i-believe/.


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