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    Boston officials race to top of 200 Clarendon for charity

    The John Hancock Tower.
    Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff/File 2007
    The John Hancock Tower.

    About 400 volunteers, including police, firefighters, prosecutors, and city officials, raised more than $135,000 for victims of child abuse as they raced to the top of 200 Clarendon Street Saturday.

    Runners shot up the 60 flights of stairs inside the tallest building in Boston — long known as the John Hancock Tower — to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County in an event called the ‘Ginormous Climb.’

    The Children’s Advocacy Center is a group that connects abuse victims with supportive adults in order to “promote safety, healing and justice for child victims and their families,” according to its website.


    This was the fourth annual charity run and by far the most successful, the center said. Fund-raising by individual runners and teams reached $137,513, blowing past the $125,000 goal. The money raised will go to help for the more than 1,500 children served each year.

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    Among the runners were Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, and Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley.

    Conley thanked “the hundreds of everyday heroes who made this year’s climb the most successful ever.”

    “It’s a great event supporting a great cause and we’re already looking forward to next year,” Conley said in a statement.

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