Northrop & Johnson president will honor friend in road race

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Kevin Merrigan, president of the luxury yacht broker group Northrop & Johnson, is training to run Disney's Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge to honor a good friend lost to leukemia.

The Jan. 7 race through Disney World theme parks in Florida is set as a half-marathon (13.1 miles), followed by a full marathon of 26.2 miles the following day.

Michael William “Bill” Langan, 55, died on Dec. 31, 2010 at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center after a battle with leukemia.

After a student internship at Sparkman & Stephens, Langan joined the design department there in 1978 as chief draftsman. Two years later, Olin Stephens named him chief designer, the position Olin himself held for 50 years. Langan’s early work with S&S included project management of the 12-meter yacht Freedom, which won the America's Cup race of 1980.

Merrigan said he is running to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with the group Team In Training. He is soliciting donations to support the cause through his web page.

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