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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 "My story was nice, but now I want to show other kids that they can do whatever they want to do," Prario added. "When I was growing up, I had a picture of me as a baby with my dad when he crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon and I looked at that and said, ''Wow, I want to do that someday,' so that's where the idea came from. And to have these kids see their pictures on my jersey and show them that, like me, they can be whatever they want to be, that's the whole message behind it." When Prario finished the marathon two years ago, he experienced no side effects or ailments from his heart con- dition. That was the good news. The bad news was that he needed ankle surgery that sidelined him for nearly the rest of that year. "I felt really good, and you can see from my splits that I was roughly around 2:30 at the halfway point," Prario recalled. "But once I got into miles 17 and 18, that's when I really felt it. My ankle started acting up. I had actually torn the cartilage in my right ankle before training in August and I reaggravated it, and then I had one mile where it literally took me 18 minutes (to complete) because I was just stretching my ankle at the side of a fence." "At that point, I was going to finish no matter what. Because of all the motivation I had and all the people who supported me throughout this, I wasn't going to stop until someone took me down!" A couple of months after the mara- thon, Prario had surgery on his ankle, where "they went in and drilled five holes into my tibia to create a blood pocket and more of a cushion," he recalled. "For three months, I was on one of those wheelie scooters, and I actually had to transfer from URI back to CCRI for a semester because I couldn't drive, and my dad works at Amica so he drove me to and from school." Of course, time heals all wounds, and health-wise, Prario's currently in tip-top shape, not only with his heart, but his ankle. Last Saturday, he headed up to the legendary course to join runners from throughout the region for a 21-mile training run from Hopkinton to Boston College that he called the "dress rehearsal" for the race. "I do all my training with my dad," said Prario. "He's a great coach because he knows my anatomy and everything about me, so he can kind of push me and work the angles and the landscape to try to get the best out of myself. And my mom, Kara, has helped me with my fundraising. It's been going really well and we're still on pace to get $10,000." As was the case was two years ago, Prario will be the youngest of the 122 runners from the state who will run in this year's marathon, and while he thinks that's cool, a personal-best time that's hovering in the neighbor- ing of 5½ hours would be pretty neat as well. But whatever happens in 2½ weeks, he admitted that this will prob- ably be the last Boston Marathon he runs. "I will probably run other half marathons and 5K and things like that over the years, but it's tough to train for a marathon and get up and moti- vate yourself for five straight months," he said. "But I'm really looking for- ward to this year's race. Everything about it is great, and just the atmo- sphere of the whole city – you really do feel like you're this big important athlete. It's just one of the coolest things to be a part of, and you really don't know the full extent of it unless you're a part of it." DAVID PRARIO, center, welcomes his sons, ETHAN, left, and AUSTIN, right, at the fin- ish line after they completed the Boston Marathon in 2017. Austin will run again in this year's race in a few weeks as a charity runner for the Boston Children's Hospital 'Miles for Miracles' team. PRARIO From Page 14 Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. 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