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Cheswick Christian Academy principal Rosio's running serves twofold purpose

| Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheswick Christian Academy principal Todd Rosio will join 25,000 runners in the Boston Marathon on April 16.

An active runner for the past five years, Rosio set a goal to train for the Boston Marathon.

Last May, he ran his first marathon in Pittsburgh in order to qualify for Boston this year.

While training, Rosio had an idea to use the race as a way to raise money for the school.

"I was thinking and praying as I was running along," Rosio said.

He said he felt like God was telling him to use the opportunity to help the school, which at the time was in desperate need of new boilers.

Rosio raked in about $50,000 in donations in about four months. He secured two four-figure donations.

"Boy, that adds it up fast," Rosio said. "It was an amazing result last year."

Rosio beat the qualifying time to make it into the Boston Marathon by about five minutes. He's hoping to raise more money to replace a school roof, as well as some doors and windows.

Rosio has received about $2,500 in donations and hopes to get more by the time he runs in Boston.

In his fundraising campaign letter, Rosio wrote that last year's marathon winner, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, is returning. "I guess the best I can hope for is second place," he wrote.

But that hasn't discouraged him from continuing training for next month.

Rosio's training technique• "Run, run, run, run, run."

Despite all of his training, however, Rosio plans to quit running marathons after Boston. He made a deal with his wife, Marcy, to stop after the race. Marcy is supportive, but she is concerned with the physical toll that distance running could have on her husband.

"I didn't want him to run marathons at all," Marcy Rosio said. "I like my husband."

Rosio's wife and two children cheering him on.

"It'll be fun to do Boston ... we're going to make a little family trip out of it," Rosio said.

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