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Jessica Eliason, who ran in this year's Boston Marathon, has her children's names printed on her running shoes. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Woman who ran Boston Marathon to raise awareness for sons condition has cherished sneakers stolen

By Brandi Jewett Today at 5:30 a.m.

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The shoes that Jessica Eliason ran in for the Boston Marathon just over two weeks ago have the names Larry and Cindy printed on their tongues.



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Theyre bright blue, green and purple in color.



Theyre also gone.



The sneakers were stolen from Eliasons residence in Thompson, N.D., early Tuesday morning. In total, about $5,000 in items were taken from the garage and vehicles inside it.



Theyre just material things. They can be replaced Eliason said. But the shoes were kind of special.



For Larry



Eliason wore the shoes during her Boston Marathon run  a run she completed for her 2�-year-old son Larry. Larry has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disabilities and is considered the most common cause of autism.



After doctors diagnosed Larry last September, his parents created the Larrys Legends Foundation to gather donations and forward them to the FRAXA Research Foundation.



Eliason ran the Boston Marathon as a means of raising awareness for the disorder and money to fund research.



The shoes served as a source of inspiration for the 31-year-old during the race.



Her 4-year-old daughter Cindy picked out the colors, which resulted in what Eliason calls quite the rainbow.



Both her childrens names also were printed on the shoe tongues.



It gives you a little motivation to look down and see your kids names, she said.



Burglaries



Eliasons burglary was one of two reported that night.



Vehicles parked outside another residence also were burglarized, according to Thompson Police Chief Dale Johnson.



The garage or vehicles in both cases were unlocked.



They only got as far as the garage and thats about it, Johnson said of Eliasons incident.



The burglaries are an unfortunate reminder that residents should lock their doors and vehicles, he added.



Eliason thinks her garage was burglarized between midnight and 4 a.m. Her bedroom shares a wall with garage.



Im just thankful everyone is safe, she said. Things could have been a lot worse.



The investigation is still ongoing, according to Johnson.



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Brandi Jewett

Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet. You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog www.diggingdeeper.areavoices.com.

BJewett@gfherald.com

(701) 780-1108



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Jessica Eliason, who ran in this year's Boston Marathon, has her children's names printed on her running shoes. John Stennes / Forum News Service


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