One Run for Boston's gift to mayor is featured in the Boston Herald.
On April 13, 2014, one thousand runners ran down Boylston Street towards the Boston Marathon Finish Line, marking the last leg of One Run For Boston – a 3,328 mile non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston that raised money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. They passed the baton to a group of bombing survivors who took it the final meters to Copley Square.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, the organizers of One Run For Boston will return to Copley Square to present a check for $455,000 to Mayor Marty Walsh on behalf of the One Fund Boston. (See the story in the Boston Herald.)
One Run for Boston, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, was created by British runners Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven, and Jamie Hay in January 2014 to provide an effective, community-oriented way to collect donations as the 3,300 mile journey began. Over 2,000 runners helped along the way. The group also made running history in 2013 by becoming the first non-stop running relay across the country, raising almost $100,000. The second run coincided with the one-year anniversary of the attacks and raised five times the original amount.
“We wanted to show our support for those impacted by the bombings, but we had no idea if the relay would work, let alone take off in the extraordinary way that it did,” said Bent. “But One Run For Boston became a symbol of hope and positivity that inspired a grassroots movement that continues to unite the running community.”
A GPS device was attached to the baton so that Bent and the other relay organizers could keep track of various stages along the relay. The route took runners through Arizona, New Mexico and on up through the mid-west; they endured lightening storms, deserts, tornados, mountains and the odd coyote and snake to get the baton home to Boston.
“We were all affected by the bombings and One Run For Boston shows what can happen when people put their passions together to help,” said Julie Bishop, ECCF vice president of grants and services. “It’s part of a collaborative effort that’s also at the heart of ECCF and so our partnership made sense. We’re proud to be the fiscal sponsor for this extraordinary group of runners wanting to give back.”
For more information, please visit http://www.onerunforboston.org.