A 3300 mile non-stop running relay will leave Los Angeles today, bound for Boston with hundreds of runners participating in a cross-country event to show their support for Boston following the tragic events of April 15th.
One Run For Boston starts from Venice Beach, LA, at 10am and is scheduled to reach Boston just over three weeks later at 8pm on Sunday 30 June. Hundreds of runners from across the USA will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock through fourteen different states and four separate time zones, passing a specially designed baton between them. Supporters will be able to follow their progress online thanks to a GPS Ninja Tracking device fitted to the baton which will update its location every 15 minutes.
The three friends from England who are the driving force behind the relay are Kate Treleaven, Danny Bent and Jamie Hay.
“When the news from Boston reached us on April 15, we were completely stunned” said Danny Bent. “It took a little while to digest what had happened, but we each reacted in exactly the same way - we just knew we had to do something.”
“One Run For Boston is a chance for runners to come together and show solidarity in a really dynamic way” said Kate Treleaven. “It’s a chance to be part of something remarkable, to demonstrate the strength of human spirit and send a powerful message of support to the city of Boston and those whose lives were changed on April 15.”
By collecting donations from each of the participating runners, the relay is raising money for The One Fund Boston, set up by the Mayor of Boston to assist the victims and families most seriously affected by the bombings. The One Run For Boston team have recently confirmed that donations made by runners who sign up to run in Oklahoma will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund set up in the wake of the recent devastating tornadoes.
Currently, nearly $40,000 has been raised by participating runners.
The relay will travel through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and finally, Massachusetts.
The route has been divided into 319 separate stages. Most of the stages are around ten miles with a few as long as 26 miles and some group stages in the big cities that are just five miles. As of this morning, 350 runners have already signed up to run. There are a few stages left in New Mexico and Ohio. And, many stage runners are encouraging others to join them during their run with a 'Join Me' link complete with time and route details.
Excitement for the event has drawn runners for all over the country to participate, and not just on their home turf.
"There are some people flying out from Boston to run the first leg in California, then they will join us for the last leg in Boston," says Treleaven. "There's a guy from Canada who is driving 800 miles in 24hrs to take part. Many more are traveling long distances across the USA to be part of the event. It's wonderful to see how the event is bringing the running community together in support of Boston."
Live tracking for the run is available via the official website www.onerunforboston.org