A former York County man may not have run the fastest time at the Boston Marathon on Monday, but he holds the title of the person to have raised the most money for a charity.
Kevin Morgan, 38, of Rochester, N.Y., raised $84,566 for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation by running the yearly race, the most raised by an individual, according to the foundation.
That amount is well above his goal of $50,000 and tens of thousands above two other runners who ran the race to benefit the foundation, which raises money for spinal cord injury research.
Morgan, who grew up in York County, said he was contacted by the foundation in December and offered one of three slots in the prestigious race. It didn't take long for him to take the foundation up on its offer.
"I figured with what happened last year and it's a once-in-the-lifetime opportunity," Morgan said.
Reason to run: Morgan and his sister, Lindsay Morgan, previously raised more than $100,000 for the foundation by competing in a half Ironman triathlon, which consists of running, swimming and bicycling, in 2010, he said.
They were inspired to run in that race, and Kevin Morgan in the Boston Marathon, by their uncle, Robert Morgan, who was left partially paralyzed when he was shot during a robbery in Rochester.
Though running a time of 4 hours, 40 minutes, 30 seconds at Boston left Kevin Morgan sore and exhausted, he said it pales in comparison to what his uncle and the 260 people who were injured in the bombing at the 2013 marathon cope with.
"The pain is really nothing compared to what my uncle goes through each day," he said.
Emotional: Greg Cauller, 54, of Springettsbury Township, said crowds lined the entire 26.2-mile course and cheered runners throughout the race.
"People were all along the course. It's something I've never seen before," he said. "It was emotional at times."
Despite his having to walk the downhill portion of the course because of nagging pains, Cauller said the crowds continued to cheer him on.
The well-wishers were particularly loud at the finish line, the site of last year's bombing that also left three dead, said Cauller, who posted a time of 3 hours, 14 minutes, 49 seconds and qualified for next year's race.
Morgan also said the sight of the crowd was emotional and he's at a loss for words on the support shown to runners.
Fastest Yorker: Justin Krebs, 39, of Spring Garden Township, holds the title — for this year at least — as the fastest runner from York County at the marathon.
After starting out strong, Krebs said he started to slow toward the end of the race but was able to hold on to finish with a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 48 seconds.
And the time came as a bit of surprise.
"It's still faster than what I expected to run," he said.
Krebs proposed to his now-fiancée, Christine Geiselman, also of Spring Garden Township, just before last year's race. He said despite the impressive time he posted this year, it was the engagement that he's still most proud of.
He, too, said he was impressed with the crowd, including children offering up oranges and hands for high fives to runners.
"(The crowds) treat you like a hero," Cauller said.
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