For years, the Baltimore Running Man has been a familiar site as he ran through Baltimore neighborhoods. He never bothered anyone, much less competed against them in a race. But this week, rumors started to circulate that the Running Man was attacked while on one of his daily journeys.
Today, Fox Baltimore confirmed that Keith Boissiere was assaulted Thursday in the 2700 block of Wilkens Ave. During the attack, the Running Man was punched several times. He flagged down police, but refused medical attention.
With his long beard and gray hair, the Running Man is instantly recognizable to many Baltimore residents, who have seen him on his daily runs. Boissiere, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, runs about 20 miles a day, and has also run to Washington, D.C., multiple times over the years. Over the years, he became an inspiration for his dedication to a form of exercise where he wasn’t competing against anyone for a prize.
In 2005, he told City Paper that he mapped out multiple routes around the city, and avoids running at night.
“I read a lot of stories about people getting attacked at night, so I don’t like to run in the dark,” he told City Paper.
Running Man told Fox Baltimore he would not be deterred, and keep running.
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