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Charm City Run hosting fundraising 'Boston Strong Run' on Saturday

Boston Marathon

A local chain of running stores plans to host free, fundraising runs on Saturday to raise money for a pair of charities that benefit victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

Charm City Run -- with locations in Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Clarksville and Timonium -- will host the free runs at their stores starting at 9 a.m. Employees will take donations for the Erika Brannock Fund and the One Fund Boston.

The chain will also match up to the first $5,000 in donations and donate 10 percent of sales on Saturday to the Brannock Fund, which benefits the Towson preschool teacher who was seriously injured at the marathon last year.

Matt Craig, an employee at Charm City Run's store in Locust Point, said the Baltimore run was loosely organized and would likely cover between two and seven miles, depending on the runners who show up.

"It could be anywhere from 20 people to over 100," Craig said. "It's tough to predict for a free run."

More than 3,600 runners participated in Charm City Run's Sole of the City 10K on April 12. A portion of that race's entry fee went toward the Brannock Fund.

The 118th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday.

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