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April 23, 2013

Strength and solidarity in Plattsburgh

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“For the most part, running events are safe,” Drowne said.

“It was a good feeling,” he said about his back-to-back wins.

CELEBRATION

After the race — and the proposal, Hammaker and Whalen visited family to deliver their happy news, stopped in at the after-party at Olive Ridley’s “and just kind of took in the day,” she said.

Next, they will race in Burlington — he is signed up for the marathon, and she’ll run the half marathon.

Running helps build their connection, Whalen said, “because we’re not competitive with each other.”

All the same, though, she just had to pose a certain question to him after accepting his proposal.

“I asked him what he would have done if I had beat him,” she said. “He said he’d wait another year.”

Email Suzanne Moore:smoore@pressrepublican.com

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