WILMINGTON, MA — Watch the latest episode of “Talk of the Town” with host Ryan Malyar, WCTV’s Youth & Content Coordinator, featuring quick stories from around town.
In this episode, Malyar remotely interviews Kelly Ashton, who — after training for the postponed Boston Marathon — decided to run her own 26.2-mile marathon in Wilmington on Patriots Day.
Ashton spent the past 16 weeks in a training program with 15 other runners and 2 coaches to prepare for the Boston Marathon. This was her first ever Marathon and she was running to raise money for the Hale Reservation, an outdoor environmental education center in Westwood that invites inner city students to study there for a semester and learn in nature.
On the advice of her coaches, over the weekend, Ashton decided to run her own Marathon in Wilmington. Ashton’s finance Zach notified residents via the Wilmington Community Facebook Group of her efforts. Both were overwhelmed by the number of residents who reached out with well wishes. Ashton noted that she received many beeps and waves as she ran her four loops.
“The community of Wilmington is phenomenal,” said Ashton, who especially thanked her neighbors — the Gallaghers — for buying balloons and playing music as she crossed the “finish line.”
Ashton continues to train for the Boston Marathon, which has been rescheduled for September 14 due to COVID-19. She has already raised more than $8,000 for the Hale Reservation. Help her reach her goal of $10,000 by making a donation HERE.
Watch the 10-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:
Ashton’s story was also recently featured on NBC Boston.
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