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Kevin Pearce to run as part of relay at Vermont marathon

Kevin Pearce

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, snowboarder Kevin Pearce smiles as he works his way through the crowd before he hits the slopes in Breckenridge, Colo., for the first time since an accident on the halfpipe that nearly took his life, (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Kevin Pearce, the snowboarder who crashed and suffered a traumatic brain injury 49 days before the 2010 Olympics, is training to run part of a team relay at a marathon in his native Vermont on Sunday.

Pearce, other traumatic brain injury victims and his brother Adam will form a relay team -- dubbed the “Brain Farmers” -- at the Vermont City Marathon, according to the NBC affiliate WPTZ. They’re doing it to raise money for their social movement “Love Your Brain,” which educates the public about traumatic brain injuries.

Close to $50,000 has been raised so far, with proceeds going to the first “Love Your Brain” camp in Lincoln, Vt., a five-day gathering of traumatic brain injury survivors, athletes, speakers, neurologists, nutritionists and yoga and mediation teachers that began Wednesday.

“When you do kind of have a collective group of people all in it for one reason and one cause, I think it’s going to be powerful,” Pearce told WPTZ.

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