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Big farewell for LMS’s ‘Boston Rod’

Langley Middle School students Rohini Mikkelson, Lisa Walker, Cara Mathews and Jessika Martin join hundreds of other students as they form a human tunnel Thursday to say goodbye to their principal, Rod Merrell, as he leaves town to run in the Boston Marathon. - Brian Kelly / The Record
Langley Middle School students Rohini Mikkelson, Lisa Walker, Cara Mathews and Jessika Martin join hundreds of other students as they form a human tunnel Thursday to say goodbye to their principal, Rod Merrell, as he leaves town to run in the Boston Marathon.
— image credit: Brian Kelly / The Record

It was a mob scene outside Langley Middle School last week, as hundreds of students formed a human chair for principal Rod Merrell to run through. Merrell was getting set to leave Whidbey to run in the legendary 114th Boston Marathon in Massachusetts.

Merrell finished the 26.2-mile course in a respectable time of 3 hours, 30 minutes, 50 seconds. The winner, Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot, finished in a marathon-record time of 2:05.52.

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