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Wed., May 6, 2009, 2:14 p.m.

Going for a walk with 45,000 folks

If you saw Mayor Mary Verner on the Bloomsday course and wondered what her time was, don't bother checking the race site or the newly published tabloid.

She's not in there.

Verner did walk the course with her 7-year-old granddaughter Bariah. But she wasn't an official participant...She forgot to sign up.

Through a spokeswoman, Verner acknowledged Wednesday that she didn't register and pay her fee. And no, she didn't grab a T-shirt at the end, either.

She said she'd promised a while back to push Bariah in a stroller, then "suddenly it was the weekend and she realized she hadn't signed up." Marlene Feist related.

Verner reportedly thought about not doing the race, but a promise is a promise. They went down and joined some friends who were walking the race. She also reportedly thought about bailing halfway through the race, but stuck it out.

"She went for a walk and just happened to be going the same way as 45,000 other people," Feist said.

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