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Johnsburg student runs marathon for Hardship Fund

She finished the marathon with a personal best time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 30 seconds. her goal was to finish in under two hours and she and her family were surprised by the final results.

"She blew me out of the water," Fred Morse said. "When she rounded the first turn after a loop around Mirror Lake, I knew she was setting a pretty rapid pace. It was amazing to watch her run this race."

"While she has been a great inspiration to us, it seems that we may have inspired her as well," Studnicky said. Kendyl was joined in the marathon by four other local runners including Bridgette Crooms, Debbie Bedard, Traci Watson and Jill Pederson and was coached from the sidelines by Johnsburg Central School corss-country coach, Gary Wilson.

In the weeks prior to her race, Kendyl canvassed the local community for donations in either lump sums or per mile commitments.

"The community support was amazing," she said. "Despite the economy, people are not afraid to give a few dollars for a cause like this and that's a good thing."

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