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Perham native Lee Hoedel (left) and a running coleaugue from California, Todd Heon, finishing the Death Valley Marathon (yes, they even run marathons there) in December, 2007. Hoedl, a 1981 graduate of Perham High School, will run the 113th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009 to benefit Children's Hospital Boston.

Perham native to log 'Miles for Miracles' in Boston Marathon

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Lee Hoedl, a 1981 graduate of Perham High School, will run the 113th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009 to benefit Children's Hospital Boston. As a selected member of Children's Miles for Miracles Team, runners have an extra incentive to push them across the finish line: helping children and families who receive world-class care at Children's Hospital Boston.

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"It is a dream come true for me to run in the most prestigious marathon in the United States while supporting a cause about which I'm so passionate," states Hoedl, who began full marathon training and racing in 2002. "My interest in distance running began when I joined the Perham Junior High Cross Country Team in the late 70s, under the coaching of Perham's first cross country coach, Ron Anderson. Although I wasn't a stellar distance runner in high school, Mr. Anderson helped cultivate a passion deep inside for running - I just 'bloomed' later in life." Over the past six years, Hoedl has completed 16 marathons, 19 half-marathons and various triathlons; each event dedicated to a particular person or cause similar to Children's Hospital Boston. He explains, "It's what has placed so much more meaning, for me, along those 26.2 miles of each marathon - to remind myself that even though we are all on a personal journey, we are still on that journey together."

Boston Marathon qualifying time for Hoedl's age division (45-49) is 3 hours and 30 minutes. "It wasn't a goal or destination I initially set out to accomplish, especially when trying to adjust my late-night and early-morning trainings to accommodate our triplets - Emily, Hannah and Nicholas - and their schedule, which were born in September 2003. I am just lucky to have remained healthy and void of injuries over these years, which has helped in lowering my marathon finishing times."

Miles for Miracles team members commit to raising critical funds to benefit Children's Hospital Boston's areas of greatest need: patient care, medical research, recruitment and training and community health initiatives. Runners like Lee Hoedl meet this fundraising goal through sponsorships, personal donations, and pledges from their families, friends, community and coworkers. The program has raised more than $10 million for Children's Hospital since 1996.

Hoedl has made it an additional personal goal of his to run the complete distance from his present home in Fargo, ND to Boston, MA before the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009 - a total of 1628 miles - by totaling all of his training runs from April 20, 2008 to April 20, 2009. Presently, he has run over 700 miles of that total and will complete his remaining miles through the North Dakota winter. To track Lee on his "virtual run" from Fargo to Boston, visit www.hoedlshaven.com/2009BOSTONMARATHON.

"I owe a debt of gratitude," admits Lee, "to my former coach Ron Anderson and to my men's and women's cross-country teammates during my school years. It was individuals like Jeff Kratzke, Carol Schmitz, Joe Kratzke, Sandy and Missy Walz and Rick Jorgenson that inspired me and kept me motivated. I will think of them and all the other wonderful people who have supported me and helped me get to the starting line of the 2009 Boston Marathon." Hoedl continues to train and live in south Fargo with his wife Diann, 10-year-old son Leo and his five-year-old triplets. he is the author of 'Just The Gift For You' and JESSES: The Wait of the Wood'. His latest book, to be released later this year, is, 'It's Okay, These Things Happen'. Find more on Lee at http://www.hoedlshaven.com.

Show your support for 'Miles for Miracles'

If you would like to support Lee, please send a donation to: Lee Hoedl, 6155 16th Street South, Fargo, ND 58104 or call Stacy Devine at Children's Hospital Trust, 617-355-2896.

Checks should be made out to Children's Hospital Boston. For more information or to donate online, visit www.childrenshospital.org/bostonmarathon09 and type in the runner's name.

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