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Tim Lepore

the island runner

Tim Lepore is the only surgeon living on Nantucket. He’s also the island’s medical examiner, football team doctor and Lyme disease expert. Lepore once tended to Jimmy Buffet after the singer crashed his seaplane in nearby waters. When Mr. Fix-it isn’t on duty, he runs. He especially loves Boston. In 2013 he began his 45th consecutive Boston Marathon, putting him just one behind leading active streaker Ben Beach. “It’s an amazing course,” Lepore says. “There’s something about the city, and running in the city, that just gets to you.” Last year the 68-year-old ran with his daughter, Merideth. They were stopped at mile 19, just shy of Heartbreak Hill. “And just like that we were told our race was over,” Lepore says. For a man who can heal just about any ailment, this was something new. “It was heartbreaking,” he says. “But some of the remarkable stories that came out of that day, of heroism and perseverance, demonstrate what makes this race special.”

Damian Strohmeyer for Sports Illustrated
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