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Nationwide relay will raise money for Boston Marathon bombing victims

3300 miles non-stop from LA to Boston via Cuba, Missouri 

The One Run For Boston cross-country relay, which last year raised $91,000 for the One Fund Boston to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, is gearing up for a re-run from Los Angeles to Boston starting March 16th. The record-breaking non-stop running relay is expected to reach Cuba, Missouri on April 2nd and there are plenty of opportunities for local runners and supporters to get involved.

The 3,300 mile route is divided into 336 stages across fourteen different states. Most stages are around ten miles with some as long as 22 miles. Each stage can accommodate up to 25 runners. Group stages in some of the major cities along the route including St. Louis, Missouri are five miles or less and designed to encourage mass participation of 100+ runners.

Local runners Genifer Cape, Denise White, Tammi Palmer, Kim Peterson and Rachelle Austin from Cuba, Missouri have signed up to run Stage 200 of the relay from Stanton to St. Clair on April 2, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. They are still looking for others to join them.

Genifer Cape said: “I am running because we are a strong and supportive running community and we are like a big family. When other runners are hurting, they are like family of our own and we want to help. Last year I ran stage #183 from Cuba to Bourbon and it was brutal, but the most amazing experience. Knowing that we were running for such a great cause and contributing to an event that will have crossed the whole country by the time it was finished was very inspiring. I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to participate again this year!” 

Interested runners can sign up to run one or more stages of the relay via the event website www.onerunforboston.org. Once registered, each runner is given their own online fundraising page which enables them to collect sponsorship for the One Fund Boston. So far more than 1250 runners have signed up to run and between them they have raised over $168,000. Supporters may follow the relay via a live tracker map, photo gallery and blog. 

Three friends from England—Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and James Hay—are the driving force behind the relay which was first organized in June 2013 in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Danny Bent said: “We wanted to do something to help those impacted by the blasts. We had no idea if the relay would work, let alone take off in the extraordinary way that it did.”

Over 2000 runners took part in One Run For Boston last year, some travelling hundreds of miles from their home states to take part.  They kept the baton moving around the clock through scorching deserts, lightning storms and torrential rain. 

Kate Treleaven said: “One Run For Boston had a profound effect on many of the runners who took part. So, when it was over, they didn’t simply walk away thinking ‘that’s it, job done’.  We soon realized that the relay had forged a new community of runners, powered by positivity and united by a desire to support the One Fund Boston in its ongoing mission to help those impacted by the bombings.”

This year the One Run For Boston relay will start out from Santa Monica, California, on Sunday 16 March.  It is scheduled to reach Boston on Sunday 13 April, two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Organizers of the relay have been overwhelmed by the response they have received from those injured in the bombings, many of whom have expressed a wish to be involved in the event. 

Danny Bent said: “The fabulous Boston Strong Ducks have been introducing us to some of the remarkable people who were injured in the Boston bombings. These guys and girls are an inspiration to us all and we are looking forward to them being part of One Run For Boston this year.”

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