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Dedicated Runner Steadily Pursues Olympic Goal

Dedicated Runner Steadily Pursues Olympic Goal

Kathy Manizza was helping out as a volunteer for the Eversource Hartford Marathon 5K in October. Once her job was finished, she was able to hop on her bike and go out onto the marathon course to see how her former runner from the University of Hartford, Jonas Hampton, was doing.

"I saw him on a side road by himself and I rode over to him," said Manizza, the former Hartford cross country and track coach who now coaches cross country and track at Eastern Connecticut State University. "I said, 'What place are you in?' He looks at me and goes, 'Uhhhh, first.' I was like, 'Oh my God.' It was exciting."

Hampton, 27, is a highway design engineer at the state...

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