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Portsmouth, NH: The Epicenter Of Running Oddities

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Portsmouth signFilled as it is with people willing to put themselves through constant punishment for little positive social recognition, the long-distance running set is prone to attract the unconventional.
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↵And apparently the weirdest of them have found a way to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The town was already forced to ban a Maine man from jogging in the town late last year for shirtless running that upset bystanders. Of course, it didn't help that Craig O'Brien made a habit of running in the middle of the road and angrily yelling at people on the street. Though, to his credit, he makes the dubious claim that he can run 25 mph.
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↵Did Portsmouth residents think they were done with O'Brien? They shouldn't have. He returned in March, where he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. The mayor of the town, among others, claims O'Brien would daily jog by his home while spitting, yelling profanities and tossing orange peels into his yard.
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↵So O'Brien has been sufficiently dealt with. No more naked running menace, right? Oh no, you will never be free, Portsmouth. There is another.
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↵⇥A Milton Mills man was arrested Monday evening after police said he was ↵⇥caught running naked through the streets of downtown Portsmouth. ↵
↵You know, if Portsmouth officials were smart, they could capitalize on this phenomenon and organize a nudist marathon or something to that effect. That way, the town gets some tourism dollars and the angry naked runners could get a catharsis without terrorizing the public.
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