SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A nationwide relay to benefit Boston bombing victims and survivors passed by the Oklahoma City Memorial on Tuesday and crosses into Missouri on Wednesday night.
The relay started in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 7 and wraps up in Boston at the end of this month. The relay has 319 stages and I'll run 14 miles during stage number 170 on Thursday, June 20. That stage ends at Strafford City Hall.
I'll run with my wife and several other people to Strafford. Our run starts about 2:30 on Thursday afternoon at Bass Pro Shops at Campbell Avenue and Sunshine in Springfield. You can view all the Missouri stages of the relay here.
You might recall that I was about a quarter-mile from the finish line when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line area and my wife had just finished running the race and was getting her finisher's medal when the terror attack happened. Both of us escaped without physical injury.
Three runners from the United Kingdom, Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay organized the event as a way to show support for families whose lives were impacted that day.
Bass Pro Shops plans a big celebration at the relay point at the company's flagship store in Springfield. In a news release, Katie Mitchell wrote, "Bass Pro Shops will host a brief media event and present a check to two of the United Kingdom organizers who will be in attendance.
“Bass Pro Shops is honored to be a part of this exciting nation-wide event and we want to show our support for this great cause. We feel a kinship to the runners and the spectators who were in Boston as we coordinate the Bass Pro Shops Conservation Marathon,” said Martin Mac Donald, director of conservation for Bass Pro Shops.
Jon Brusherd is one of the local runners who will be carrying the baton to Strafford Thursday.
“I believe in charity at all levels and this event is one more reason to take care of those innocent people from Boston who were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. “We are all hoping the best in their recovery.”
Those wishing to donate to the Springfield leg of the relay can click on the following link: http://onerunforboston.org/stage.asp?id=214
You can follow live progress of the runners here: http://onerunforboston.org/live.asp
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