The embracing story of Randall Richardson

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New Year’s resolution led to a journey of personal discovery

By Marty Finley

Randall Richardson has never been a physically affectionate person.
So 2010 was a breakthrough year for Richardson, the 28-year-old Hardin County resident who challenged himself to hug 1,000 different people by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
That New Year’s Resolution never lost traction or luster as the months ticked on. He fell 41 hugs short of the goal, but in hugging 959 people over the span of a year, he crossed cultures and self-made barriers.

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