Running coach recruits for Boston Marathon

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SAN DIEGO – Almost two months have passed since three people were killed during the Boston Marathon bombings. Instead of running the other way, one San Diego running coach is hoping athletes in San Diego, and around the country, will step up and start training for next year’s race.

For most runners, preparing for the Boston Marathon can take months, even years. That’s why Jason Karp, a running coach in San Diego who  has also written several books about the sport, has started recruiting athletes.

“It’s a huge commitment,” said Karp. “Next year’s Boston Marathon is going to be amazing, it’s probably going to be the biggest Boston Marathon ever.”

Nothing could have prepared anyone for what happened during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line and killed three people.

“An event like that brings people together,” said Karp.

In light of what happened in Boston, Karp thought it would be a good idea to create a training group specifically for runners who have already qualified for the Boston Marathon and are planning in running in it next year, or for runners who want to qualify for the race.

Karp said his program will cost $225 for local runners in San Diego.  The program will include a written program for runners to follow and a weekly coaching session for the next ten months. For a smaller fee, out of town runners can follow the program without the coaching sessions.