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Newtown Runner Back On the Track In RI

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By Matt Blanchette

mblanchette@abc6.com

Providence played host to one of the largest track meets in new england last weekend and Newtown, Connecticut resident Jake Feinstien keeps running in the wake of tragedy.

Iit's difficult to stand out from the crowd when the crowd is 1,800 high school harriers packed into a gym. But only one is wearing a green ribbon.

Jake Feinstein, one of the best milers in New England, came alone to this weekends Rhode Island Inviational, just weeks after a mass shooting in his hometown of Newtown,Connecticut..

"After everything that happened I was getting better day by day so I decided that I could keep my training up and could run here and represent Newtown," Jake said.

Jake's mother, Laura, is a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary and was there the day it happened.

"There isn't a minute that goes by that we don't think of the people that lost their lives, and the first responders, so it's been very hard. My wife is a school teacher at sandy hook and she went through it personally. It's been tough for Jake and his sister Sarah, but this is a great to be able to come up here for a couple of days and get away. To watch Jake run is a great source of pride for our family," Steven Feinstein, jake's father, said.

Jake's running provided him with a release during a time most of us would find hard to imagine.

"At times is definitely been hard to motivate, to train, but it's definitely been a way to clear my head.. and releave the stress that's been going on in our town for the past few weeks," Jake said.

Jake will return to Providence next fall... as a member of the track and field team. He verbally comitted this weekend.

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