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A long night’s journey with One Run for Boston

Moved by the Marathon tragedy, a few young Brits dreamed up a cross-country relay to raise money and spirits. In the Ozarks, Dan Bohannon held down leg 173.

CONWAY, Mo. — Thirteen and a half days and 1,910 miles had passed since the first group of runners set out amid the bodybuilders and piercing parlors of Venice Beach, Calif., and now the baton was just around the bend, down a section of Route 66 snaking amid the prairie grass and rolling hills of southwestern Missouri.

Dan Bohannon, 57 and a grandfather of four, tied a bandanna around his head, took a puff from his inhaler, and tried to ignore the butterflies in his stomach. Never in his life, he thought, had he been part of something so epic.

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