Hopkinton Today: Wednesday, Oct. 6

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a photo and video of the day.

CrossFit is a workout regime best known for its ultra-high intensity and relatively short duration. But a quintet of athletes from Hopkinton’s Resilience Fitness will take on a much longer fitness endeavor when they run the Boston Marathon this October. The group includes Rebecca Paquette, Jamie Weeden, Katie Cox, Jaclyn Chirco and Jim Dunlap. They are looking to raise upward of $25,000 to benefit various local charities.

Ruta Upalekar has a drive for helping others, both at home and abroad. Her volunteer work with two India-based charities spurred her desire to begin running in 2015, an activity she uses as a vehicle for fundraising. The Hopkinton resident and will interlace her twin passions when she runs the Boston Marathon virtually in October to raise funds for her homeland of India as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the advent of the wave start in 2006, the Boston Athletic Association has allowed the Hopkinton Marathon Committee to select local people who have made contributions to the community and to the Boston Marathon as starters for the later waves of the race. With a rolling start this year, that role falls to one person: new Fire Chief Bill Miller.

Prior to being approved by the Select Board on Tuesday as the new deputy police chief, John Porter shared his story of overcoming a rough childhood with the help of the Hopkinton Police Department.

Town meetings today include the Council on Aging (1 p.m.), Upper Charles Trails Committee (5) and Zoning Advisory Committee (7).

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Welcome to the Marathon Countdown Quiz. Each weekday through Oct. 11 we will have a trivia question about the historic race. Submit the correct answer for a chance to win a gift card and T-shirt. See contest rules for details.
TODAY’S QUESTION: In 2014, the year after the finish line bombing, which runner became the first American man to win Boston since 1983? To submit your answer, click here.
YESTERDAY’S WINNER: Congratulations to Denise Antaki, who correctly answered that prior to last year, the only time the Boston Marathon did not have an open field of runners was in 1918.

Photo of the Day: These logs have since been removed, but this was the scene late last week the day after a dying tree was cut down at the Town Common.

Town Common tree logs
PHOTO/JERRY SPAR

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