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Runners go 24 hours to raise funds

If Jim Baillargeon had been blessed with a great singing voice or the ability to play the piano, he would have given a benefit concert to raise money for the restoration of the Somerset Town Hall, but Baillargeon was given the ability to run and that's what he's done for the past 40 years. That's what he did to raise money for this community project.

Starting at 8 a.m. last Saturday, Baillargeon and three other local runners circled a one-kilometer course behind St. Anne School for 24 hours. Baillargeon secured pledges for each mile he completed and by 8 a.m. Sunday morning he had tallied over $3,000.

In the end, he had made 147 loops of the course, or 91.3 miles. Corey Jurowski finished with 116 loops or 72.08 miles. Jeff Johnston compiled the most miles with a total of 103.2 miles (166 loops).

The event was supported by members of the Somerset High School cross country team, which counted laps and provided refreshments throughout the 24 hours.

Somerset will celebrate its sesquicentennial next year and plans are in place to restore the old Town Hall and make it a museum. Additional details regarding the Town Hall and coming celebration are available from Bob and Elly Kamish or Jim Baillargeon at Treadmill Sports.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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