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Majority rules!  Thanks for everyone who commented on the great dog poop debate this morning – it seems that I’m in the wrong.  The Husband’s policy is now official family decree.  🙂


I had a pretty busy morning playing catch-up on work.  Being away last week due to the family emergency has really thrown my work schedule for a loop, but it’s nothing I can’t plow through… eventually.


Also, I went for a lovely run this morning.  It’s so crisp and cool outside right now.  I’m loving Charlotte fall!


I did 6.0 miles in just under an hour.  I cannot believe my marathon is in 25 days – I am SOOO ready for it to be here.


Speaking of my upcoming marathon, I was pondering whether or not I’m going to run in a costume!  The race falls on October 30, and they even have a costume contest for runners.  I’ve never dressed up for a race but thinks it sounds fun – minus the serious chafing potential of course.


Have you ever dressed up in costume for a race?  If so, e-mail me ( a photograph of your costume and a description of your race recap (+ any feedback on costume malfunctions and a link to your blog, if you have one). I’m going to do a special Runners’ Halloween Costume Day on Healthy Tipping Point soon and would love to feature you!




Leftover Shepherd’s Pie, leftover roasted veggies, and broccoli.


I love how thick and buttery this crust is!


I’m mixing up a smoothie and rushing out the door for Girls on the Run!  I am truly loving this volunteering job and am so looking forward to seeing my girls.


I’m bringing something fun for show and tell!


Have a good afternoon!



  • grocery goddess jen October 5, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I’ve never seen a race where people were dressed up, or run in one like that, either! It does sound fun, assuming it’s something that doesn’t interfere with the run.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 5, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I love leftovers for lunch! I’ve never dressed up during a race but I ran this one called Jingle all the Way last year where everyone wore bells on their sneaks. That’s the closest I’ve gotten! 🙂

    • Carly October 5, 2010, 1:44 pm

      I’m doing Jingle All the Way this year and I’m really excited! Hopefully no blizzards in DC this year!

      • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 5, 2010, 2:07 pm

        It’s a fun race! Great course. I can’t do it this year because I’m going to be in New Orleans!

  • Exercise and Eat October 5, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Mmmm Shepherd’s pie is the BEST cold weather food! Love it:)

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 5, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Don’t you have a rule about doing nothing new on race day?

    I guess you’ll have to do a practice run in whatever costume you wanna wear a couple days before your race. People will wonder what the heck is going on hahaha! 😀

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:05 pm

      Hahah I was actually thinking about that!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 5, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Dressing up sounds like so much fun! I would just pick something that wouldn’t hinder the actual running.

  • suki October 5, 2010, 1:36 pm

    i haven’t, but my friend john has. his blog is here: 🙂

  • Mary October 5, 2010, 1:38 pm

    a costumes sounds like fun for a small race like a 5k but I dont know if running 26.2 in a costume sounds all that great to me. haha!

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops October 5, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I dressed as a cat for a bike race years ago. It was a Halloween bike ride through Salem, Mass. Fun, but no pictures from it.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking October 5, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I’ve never dressed up for a race, but I’ve never run a race at the end of October either…it’s likely to be snowing here in Michigan 🙂 I just got an email about a halloween 5k, however..could be fun 🙂

  • Freya October 5, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Wow, your marathon is in 25days – mine is 26days! So scary!!
    I think you should go as Geri Halliwell in that union jack dress – purely as a celebration of the british people 😛

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 5, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Look at all of your medals!! (that’s whats in the box, right?)

    I am hopefully going to run a 5K this year where we wear costumes — but I’m not sure yet. I think it would be fun! I don’t know if I could handle 26.2 miles in a costume though — I might get annoyed with it!

  • Lisa October 5, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I haven’t dressed up in costume for a race. My first race was last year’s Run Like Hell 5k. People wore some funny costumes but since it was my first race I just didn’t want to mess with a costume!

  • Rae October 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I haven’t actually dressed up in costume for a race; however, I’m doing my first marathon – the Disney Marathon! – this january and have a question for you (as I know you’ve done this race): I know some races do not allow you to listen to an IPod – are you allowed to use earphones/IPod in the Disney marathon? I love listening to music when I run – but I’m also looking forward to listening to Disney tunes during the race (LOVE disney songs :).

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:06 pm

      Yes you are allowed to listen to music 🙂 GOOD LUCK!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Lots of people dress up for the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston. I never would. :-/ 1) because of the chaffing issue you mentioned 2)I want to be sure I’m wearing comfortable clothes.

  • Jen @ Jen is Green October 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Running in costumes sounds like SO much fun, especially on Halloween. I’m running in a 6 mile race on Halloween morning and plan on dressing up…as a bumble bee! It is my Halloween costume from last year, a yellow and black outfit with a poofy black skirt. It shouldn’t cause any chafing, but I’ve never ran in a skirt before, so it should be interesting! 🙂

  • Sarah for Real October 5, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Oh yes, sounds like dangerous territory. I think something that sticks onto your standard running gear would be good. I thought maybe face/body paint but the sweat factor would rule that out.

    I thought for a second about a costume a friend did… he attached a bunch of purple balloons to his clothes and went as a bunch of grapes. You could use helium and be a teeny big lighter? LOL

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:06 pm

      That is genius!!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 5, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see the costumes!!!

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

    hee… love the pup nose in the last photo 😉

    I ran a race in a MIA WALLACE costume once – but it was a pretty easy costume to run in – the wig was the only thing that kinda messed with me… this was 6 years ago, so I don’t have a race recap or even a photo that is easily accessible! 🙂

    I would definitely run a race in costume again… super fun!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I can’t wait to see people’s costumes! I know that as a new runner, I would LOVE to see others in costumes. I think it brings a lot of fun and less seriousness to the race. I just ran a 5K called the Undy5000 which is a run to benefit colon cancer. They give away free boxer shorts, and encourage people to run in their underwear (tastefully). My favorite was a guy in batman boxers and a mask.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

    They’ll love all those medals!! I’ve never run a race in costume, but I’d definitely be wary of chafing too!

  • Jenna October 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

    Bummer, looks like I’m in the wrong then, too! Better change my habits. 🙂

  • Cristin October 5, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Regarding the great poop debate: I don’t think you’re wrong! Trash is trash!! I’ll have to read the other comments but really? It’s trash.

    I could never dress up for the race because of the whole comfort issue. Unless the costume lent itself really well to running clothes. Maybe you can find some orange and black running clothes and fashion a witches hat onto your visor. Add some stripey knee socks (do they make ones that wick away sweat? hmm) and you’re good to go!

  • Heather October 5, 2010, 1:56 pm

    REALLY shocked to see all the ppl you said its wrong to put TRASH in a TRASH can!! Anything palced on the curb is considered public property and police don’t even need a warant to go through your trash, I dont know why this is a big deal sicne when the owners get their trash can from the street, it will be empty and void of all poop anyway. WEIRD!

  • Tina October 5, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I think if you could find an idea that would still be comfortable thats a great idea. I love when events can have a fun atmosphere like that. Wish I had some ideas to share.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 5, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I’m doing a Monster Dash half-marathon the day before Halloween. I don’t think I am dressing up, but it will be fun to see everyone else in their costumes!

  • erin m. @ {{well in l.a.}} October 5, 2010, 1:58 pm

    LOVE Halloween! I signed up for a Cancer Challenge 10K in Los Angeles on Halloween day. I’m running in a wedding dress… haha! Going as a “dead bride” in the style of Dia de los Muertos. More for show and charity and less about speed. Stay tuned for pics 😉

    • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 5, 2010, 4:03 pm

      I’m running in the same race and am on the fence about my costume! I need to start cracking on that!

  • Erica October 5, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I ran in a “costume” last year at a Halloween 5k for kids. It was super simple – a Ladybug! I wore my black running tights on the bottom, then on top, just wore a red sweatshirt that I had put some black dots on. Also, black gloves and a headband with antenna. It was comfortable to run in (not much different from what I would have worn anyway!) You could do something similar with a yellow shirt and be a Bumble Bee! Sorry no pictures!

  • Scargosun October 5, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I could see like a 5K or 10K in costume but a marathon? That would be annoying to me I think. I mean if I am not supposed to change my routine before a race why would I make a costume that was completely different?

  • Katie (Life... Discombobulated) October 5, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Ok… I’ve never raced in costume before, but a few years ago, a friend and I were running in a local Turkey Trot where there was a guy dressed up as a turkey. He really struggled – until the finish line when he sprinted right past my friend and I, yelling, “How does it feel to get beat by a turkey?” hahaha That stung like you wouldn’t believe!

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:07 pm

      hahah NICE.

  • kate October 5, 2010, 2:06 pm

    My freshman year of college my rowing team ran in the campus turkey trot and everyone who does it gets dressed up. We dressed up as superheroes and it was perfect because we could wear good clothes to run in (i.e. ALL BLACK SPANDEX! haha) and then we added silly things like a cape, things in our hair and…sunglasses? haha. The only way i would dress up for a race is if i could incorporate comfortable running clothes into my costume 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 5, 2010, 2:09 pm

    The shepherd’s pie looks delicious! I’ve never done a race in a costume, but one year in university, I went as cross country barbie and wore my varsity cross country singlet, spandex shorts, and a long blonde wig. Speaking of costumes, one of the yoga studios I go to occasionally is having a Halloween party where people have to go dressed as their favourite pose – tree, eagle, or pigeon anyone? 😉

  • Mrs. Muffins October 5, 2010, 2:09 pm

    For some reason, the first thing that came to mind was Lady Godiva. Of course, she was on a horse, not on foot… but a long wig and a nude bodysuit.. hee hee 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 5, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I’ve seen races like that before! They’re so fun to watch!

  • ashleigh October 5, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Wear a costume!!! I did a race on the fourth of july and I so wish I had dressed up all fourth of july-ish!

  • Kelly October 5, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Never have I run in a costume, but I bet it would be fun to dress up like wonderwoman or something.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 5, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Have fun with the girls! I know there’s a dress up 5k on halloween in chicago this year!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 5, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I’ve never worn a costume during a race, but if the race were short enough I might be talked into it. I would make sure whatever you pick is comfortable running in, and is chafing resistant. You could always be an animal like a cat. Wear cat ears, a tail and paint your nose black. At least this way if you get annoyed with your costume you can ditch it easily!

  • Brandee October 5, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Hi! I’m fairly new to following your blog, and I just wanted to say that you are just such a positive, happy person and I love following you along your journeys! 🙂 As for the running in a costume, I have done this once, but have no pictures unfortunately, but I did do some googling and found a couple links that you may find helpful in your decision. Good Luck! And keep up the awesome work!

    I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Carol October 5, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Yes, I have run in costumes before, and while fun, I don’t know if I’d do that for a whole marathon. Even this weekend when I did the Run for the Cure, I was decked out with bandanna and long pick hair, which kept getting in my face and was HOT! Thankfully it was only for 5km. Other races include the Rogue’s Run (because there aren’t enough races for Pirates!!) and the annual Underwear Affair.

    As for the Underwear Affair, I have run the past few years as Lady Chemo, ready to whip cancer – just don’t ask where I knew to get a get up like that!
    We ended up walking the first year, but when I ran the 10km this year, I had chafing like no one’s business. Honestly, it looked like a sat on a waffle iron!!!
    I really don’t know if I could do a full 42.2km in costume, but if you do, have fun with it! After all, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing anyway, right??

    Good luck!

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:27 pm

      You are awesome!

  • ida October 5, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Running in costume is the poll on today too! I’ve never done it b/c i don’t want any extra stuff on me when i’m running 26.2 miles. But they are fun to see out on the course.

  • Maddie October 5, 2010, 2:39 pm

    So this is totally the five-year-old girl in me, but I’ve always wanted to run in a tutu. Just wear your normal running gear and put a fluffy tutu on top! Maybe that will be my reward for working up to running a 1/2 or full mary!

  • Stacy @ Student of Healthy Living October 5, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I definitely think you should dress up. Maybe something along the lines as a vampire 🙂 If I remember correctly you love the Twilight series. I do too 🙂 Or Wonder Woman would be great too. Strength and power to get through the run 🙂 Would your show and tell happen to be your race medals?

  • Brittney October 5, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I did the Charlotte Runners Halloween run in Plaza Midwood last year. It’s not a race, but it’s a 4-mile run that we do in costume.
    Here’s my post:
    I went as Chesley Sullenberger (The USAir pilot that landed in the Hudson River) and went in one of my hubby’s old pilot uniforms and made a badge with Chesley’s picture on it. Kinda silly! It’s a lot of fun though. I don’t think I’d do a major race in costume, but a smallish one or a fun one like the Common Market run is cool to do in costume!

    • Caitlin October 5, 2010, 5:09 pm

      That is so cute!!! Send me the higher quality pics!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 5, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Your lunch looks perfect! YUM! Have fun this afternoon!

  • Ana October 5, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Running in costumes sounds like so much fun. Just be wary of potential chafing issue.

  • Stacy October 5, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Running in costume rocks! I ran in a Halloween 5k a few years ago. It was only a little embarrassing to be out run by a guy dressed up as a gorilla wearing a banana costume.

    I chose to dress up in 80s workout gear (off the shoulder t-shirt, sideways ponytail, sweat bands, and leg warmers included). Since it was technically exercise gear, I stayed comfortable. I finished neck and neck with a woman in a pig costume and chasing her down and passing her in the final stretch is one of my top 3 favorite running memories.

  • Erin October 5, 2010, 2:59 pm

    What about being a bee? Or a cat? Maybe a dog?

    A bee can be black shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes with yellow duct tape pin stripes (or even reflective tape) and a headband with black antenna.

    The cat or dog takes the same concept. Solid shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes, with tail attached and ear headband. You could also use tape or paint or construction paper to add spots or stripes. Whisker face paint would also be “required.”

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 5, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Running in a costume sounds like fun. Well, it may actually be more fun to watch than to wear but I’d love to see you in one! I look forward to your running costumes post, I’d love to see what crazy things people have done.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 5, 2010, 3:26 pm

    You should totally go as a runner. 😉

  • Amanda October 5, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Leftovers for lunch is my favorite! Especially pizza and spaghetti. I need to remember that next time I’m making dinner! Glad you’re liking GOTR!

  • Jess @ atasteofconfidence October 5, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I’ve never ran in a costume before, but we used to have swim parties at practice where we would dress up our swimsuits. It was so much fun!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 5, 2010, 3:56 pm

    I once ran a “Jingle Jog 5K” dressed as a gingerbread man! It was a super easy costume to run in since I just made a cape-type thing out of felt. No pictures sadly:(
    BUT I’m also running in a halloween 10K coming up and trying to plan a costume….

  • Amber K October 5, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Running a costume sounds like so much fun! Although, only if others were dressed up as well, lol!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 5, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’m running in a 10k on the 31st and have no clue what I’m going to do for a costume.

  • kate October 5, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Your poop debate made my day. Just sayin.

  • Casey Bauer October 5, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Costumes for race day? I love it! Great job on the 6 miles.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 5, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I saw a guy run the NYC Marathon dressed as a fireman and I couldn’t BELIEVE it. The costume looked so heavy…as if running the marathon wasn’t enough of a challenge for him! ha

  • stephchows October 5, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I’ve never done it but best costume I saw at a marathon was a full cow costume… utters and all. It was hilarious! More common costumes I’ve seen are of the super hero variety with a cape 🙂

  • yummiee cupcake October 5, 2010, 4:42 pm

    what’s that in the box!!

    haha i’d love to see those pictures!

  • natalie October 5, 2010, 4:43 pm

    i am running my first 5K october 23 and it is costume optional. I think it would be fun too but do’nt want it to affect my racing! i’m excited to see what other runners come up with.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 5, 2010, 4:57 pm

    I’ve never dressed up more than wearing pink or something for Valentine’s Day races..but I’ve seen some really funny costumes around Christmas time for those races- tons of Santas, or course. I think it’d be fun to dress up for a Halloween race! As long as it doesnt trip you up or anything.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 5, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Hey Caitlin. I’m running my very first race on Oct. 30th and it’s also a costumed race. I can’t decide if I’m going to dress up or not though. Being that it’s my first race, I want to be able to concentrate on my run rather than worrying about a costume being too hot or falling off or just being distracting. I can’t even think of something I could dress up as that wouldn’t be cumbersome to run in. Good luck choosing a costume!

  • Veronica October 5, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I just wanted to give you a copy of the email I sent to the Marie Claire editor today. You’re loved and supported. All of the *Big 6* (gag me) are.


    As a blogger and reader of 3 of the 6 blogs mentioned in The Hunger Diaries article, I felt compelled to email you regarding my disappointment in the article.
    Your writer had an opportunity to talk about the great merits of blogging and food journaling, and she failed miserably. Her article was laughable in its bias and much of her research was taken hugely out of context. Readers of the blogs know the truth, and those who do not read the blogs will surely learn the truth as soon as they visit the sites.

    All your writer succeeded in doing, was make these blogs more popular, even if just out of curiosity. And after clicking around a bit, I believe many of them will throw their Marie Claire subscriptions in the trash. The chasm between what THEY represent (balance, loving yourself, eating whole food) and what YOUR magazine represents (guilt, shame, incessant striving for what we dont have) is blaringly obvious.

    I frown at the article. But I smile knowing what the end result will be. Health and balance will win out. Get ready to lose more of your readership and possibly be out of a job.

    Veronica Harrison

    Oak Harbor, WA

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 5, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I’ve never dressed up in costume for a race, but I have to wonder, for the people who do dress up for runs, do you wear your costume on a run in advance of the event to make sure that it doesn’t ‘malfunction’ or cause chafing?

  • carlee October 5, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I know! I’m actually loving the fall weather right now! It’s too cold in the morning where I live for me though!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 5, 2010, 5:25 pm

    ooooh running in a costume could be a lot of fun! But as you said – as long as there are no chaffing issues 🙂

  • Melissa October 5, 2010, 5:29 pm

    Here in New Orleans, there are runs throughout the year downtown where people dress up. I have never participated because I am not a runner, nor a drinker and it often involves making stops at local bars around the French Quarter (downtown new Orleans). But the “red dress run” is where men and women wear red dresses as they run and the “running with the bulls” is where all dress up like the spanish with white clothes and red sashes and the New Orleans Female Roller Derby team chases the runners with sticks and bull horn helmets. So funny to see pics and maybe I will have to participate at some point in my lifetime.

  • Michelle October 5, 2010, 5:30 pm

    That shepherd’s pie looks amazing! I’m such a huge fan of hearty fall foods!

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon October 5, 2010, 5:47 pm

    Caitlin–the Shepherd’s Pie looks incredible! Have you already posted the recipe? Would you mind to send me the link if you have? I’d love to try it 🙂

  • Camille October 5, 2010, 6:38 pm

    Your medals!
    I am doing a costume run on the 17th of this month, but it is only a 5k. I don’t know if I would want to do a whole marathon in costume!

  • alison October 5, 2010, 7:00 pm

    My husband ran the Marine Corps Marathon last year and as we cheered him on, I saw one guy running in a cow costume. He was fast, too!

    My daughter went to her first Girls On The Run meeting this afternoon. She’s excited to participate, but I think my husband and I are even more excited than she is! It’s a great program.

  • Stacey October 5, 2010, 7:04 pm

    Aw 🙂 I miss coaching girls on the run! Can’t wait to start it up again this spring. Hope u have a good time today and the costume post sounds really cool 🙂 great idea!

  • Stacey October 5, 2010, 7:08 pm

    Oh and during my first Half marathon, there was a guy running the race in a tutu and he was also carrying a wand like a fairy 😀 haha!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 5, 2010, 7:25 pm

    There’s an annual Halloween race in my city – apparently the winner last year dressed up as a gumball machine by wearing a clear plastic bag filled with balloons. I have no idea how he ran in that costume, let alone won the race!

  • Lindsey October 5, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I did a half marathon two weeks ago and a girl was doing the run for her Bachelorette party. She wore a veil! I thought it was a cute idea.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 5, 2010, 7:57 pm

    aww fun! i have never run in costume though. in cincinnati there’s a wedding race and people run as a bride or groom. i’ve always wanted to do that! it’s a 5k i think.

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat October 5, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Yay! I’m running a half on Halloween and I’m so excited for your post because I really want to wear a costume. I’m thinking of being a carrot. Since I’m vegetarian. Or maybe a cow. 🙂

  • Kris October 5, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I ran in a Halloween race years ago. I didn’t dress up, but a guy dressed as a mummy had his guaze unwrapping as he ran. There was also a track team (fast) that ran as something like a centipede? They were all joined together. Hilarious! Lots of other costumes I can’t remember.

  • Michelle @ IronDivas October 5, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I can’t wait to see what costume you rock! I know there will be lots of interesting ones there as well. Good luck on finding one!

  • Lauren October 5, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Oh my gosh Caitlin, you must rock a costume! It would be perfect! 🙂 My vote is something Twilight related. 🙂

  • Trista October 5, 2010, 8:32 pm

    I’m running my first half on the 30th and debating wearing a costume, too! I may go as a runner 😉

  • Maren October 5, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I feel that you must dress up! And that your costume must have a cape (even if it’s small for wind resistance issues over the 26 miles). Seriously what do you do when you wear a cape as a child? You run around trying to make it fly! You should have a cape!

  • Lungs October 6, 2010, 9:33 am

    Last year at the local Halloween race, the pace “bunnies” dressed in black bodysuits with skeleton bones printed on them, and with hats with fake axes embedded in them. Maybe you could track down that kind of bodysuit?

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