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Hawkins and Neller take part in Boston tribute
Litchfield.bz (04-21-16)


Litchfield road racing royalty Brent Hawkins, left, and Billy Neller stand on the Tommy Leonard Bridge in Boston on Saturday during a re-dedication of the the bridge. Leonard, a longtime friend of Hawkins and Neller, was the official greeter for the Boston Marathon when he tended bar at the Eliot Lounge, a favorite watering hole of Hawkins, Neller and other runners visiting Boston, and is the founder of the famous Falmouth Road Race. Leonard has been to Litchfield many times to be a part of the Litchfield Hills Road Race, which Neller founded with the late Joe Concannon in 1977. Below, Hawkins, who served as the master of ceremonies for the tribute, and Neller are shown with Leonard, right, and Eddie Doyle, the former manager of the Bull and Finch Bar, the establishment on the Boston Common that served as the inspiration for the television show Cheers. Among the locals attending the re-dedication were former LHRR director Rick Evangelisti and his wife, Jean, Mary Hawkins and John Bongiorno. Former LHRR winners Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bob Hodge and Jim Fallon were on hand as were numerous dignitaries from the running community. John Bongiorno photos

 

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