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Baltimore 'Running Man' attacked during run

Keith Boissier, known to many as Baltimore's 'Running Man," was attacked on November13 while running in Southwest Baltimore.

A man many locals know as Baltimore's "Running Man" was attacked while on one of his usual runs but escaped and was not seriously hurt.

Over the past two days, hundreds of people have commented on Facebook posts or retweeted tweets alleging Keith Boissiere had been attacked in Baltimore while out for a run. Several posts said people had heard that Boissiere had been seriously hurt, and many residents were outraged.

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"Damn they beat up the Running Man," one tweet said. "Baltimore ruthless."

A Baltimore police report confirmed that Boissiere was attacked on Thursday in Southwest Baltimore. Police say he was running in the 2700 block of Wilkens Ave. in the Millhill neighborhood at about 3:30 p.m. when someone came up to him and punched him several times in the left eye. The attack left Boissiere with a small laceration, police said.

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Boissiere was able to flag down a police officer for help, the report said. Police say he refused medical treatment. The police report listed no suspects.

Boissiere is recognized in many neighborhoods as the "Running Man" because he is often seen running from midday into the afternoon through many parts of the city and is known for his treks from Baltimore to D.C. several times over the years. With a wide gray beard and long wavy gray hair, the 5-foot-9 Boissiere has been a familiar figure in Baltimore for decades. In 2006, the Trinidad and Tobago native told the Baltimore Sun that runs about 140 miles a week. He worked as a carpenter, at the time, and listed his weight at 127 pounds.

Boissiere could not be reached Tuesday. A friend said he was resting at home.

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