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Running with honor

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

These days, this is the combat footwear worn by Joe Noonan. It was a much different story in 2003 when army officer Noonan was deployed to Afghanistan for a year.

"Being deployed is always toughest on family than those that are deployed, but we got through it," Noonan said. "I got back from Afghanistan looking for something to do and running filled that gap."

While Noonan's family has military veterans, he also has a running veteran in his father. He just ran in his 24th straight Boston Marathon last month, finishing 10 minutes before the bombings.

"He was on his way home," Noonan said. "Two guys came out from a side street carrying a woman who was bleeding from her abdomen. He put them in the back seat of hs car and he drove them 4 or 5 minutes down Beacon street and dropped them off at the Mass General Hospital ER."

As someone who grew up in Boston and has seen his share of war wounds, what happened that day hits home.

"It really is the human spirit that hits home and the care and compassion that we share for our fellow human beings that need our help whether you know them or not," Noonan said.

Noonan plans to run Boston next year, but for now the UVM grad and Vice President of Marketing & Sales at SymQuest is focused solely on Burlington this weekend.

"It's really about the competition and having fun and it's about the people that you meet along the way," Noonan said.

Here at the start line here on Sunday, Joe will be joined by his younger brother, A naval officer up from Washington D.C. Who should finish the marathon in under 3 hours.

"I do look forward to beating him," Noonan said. "So he can buy all the beers at the Pub and Brewery up the street."

Joe Noonan should be served some cold drinks. After all, he's served our country and had a father serve a community in crisis. In Burlington, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 Sports.

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