Last year, Kate Treleaven and two friends quickly threw together One Run for Boston, a first-of-its-kind nonstop cross-country relay race to raise money for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Despite hailing from England and lacking permits for the midnight run down Boylston Street—and across the famed Beantown event’s finished line—that capped the L.A.-to-Boston trek, Treleaven and company attracted thousands of participants and raised $91,000—almost five times their goal.
This year, as the Huffington Post (via the AP) reports, Treleaven is spearheading a second One Run for Boston, this time a four-week coast-to-coast relay, with the goal of raising $1 million for 260 individuals wounded in the tragic events of April 15, 2013.
"A million dollars may seem like a crazy amount of money, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to the funds required to give those impacted by the bombings the ongoing care and support they need,” organizer Danny Bent said last month in an email interview with USA Today.
One Run for Boston 2014 will kick off on March 16 in Santa Monica, CA, and will end on April 13 on the Charles River Esplanade. Along the way, runners will pass through 14 states, dividing the epic journey into 330 segments averaging 10 miles in length.
While organizers have tasked runners with maintaining an average pace of 10 minutes per mile, they’re slowing things down in 10 of the relay segments, encouraging groups of participants—some of which will include bombing survivors—to chat, take photos, and generally enjoy the unique experience.
"We want people to make the most of the opportunity to hang out with their fellow runners and to have enough time to take photos to remember the experience," Bent told USA Today.
Money raised through the event goes to the One Fund, a charity for bombing victims organized by former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino mere hours after the deadly attacks. Click here to visit the One Run for Boston website and learn more about how you can help.
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