One Runner Rolls His Way Through the Finish Line

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

WAYNESBORO -- Almost two weeks after the Boston bombings, runners in the Shenandoah Valley are still out and running tough.

Runners from all across the state took part in the "Park to Park" half marathon Saturday in Waynesboro.

One runner in the half marathon rolled his way through the race but he didn't do it alone. A whole team did it with him.

In any race,runners all start at the same time. Most go about their own pace.

For "Team Dustin", the race was all about sticking together.

"The support is amazing. We have so many family, friends, and teachers. They come out here, people from church, all kinds of people come out here and support him," said Dustin's mom Stephanie Thurston.

Team Dustin has been racing in the half marathon for the past three years. Members say it's all to give a young man a new experience.

"It's completely different compared to every other run. A lot of runs are very individualistic. Thi race we're laughing and we're talking to Dustin the whole time, running with the pack of runners who were out there. Everyone is so supportive on the course. So it's a lot of fun, a lot of interaction with the other runners," said Team Dustin runner Joshua Lovell.

Dustin is a junior at Fort Defiance High School. He has Cerebal Palsy, but that wouldn't stop him from taking part in the race.

"For a mom with a child with special needs, it's something you wouldn't think you would ever see. You're not sure if you would ever see your child be able to do something this exciting," said Stephanie.

Stephanie hopes for something more for people in a similar situation. Stephanie wants to race with him next year.
Team Dustin's time unofficially was clocked at two hours and 14 minutes. The best time they have had in three years.

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