A Rhode Island man will be among the more than 2,000 runners participating in The One Run for Boston, a cross-country, 3,328-mile relay going from Santa Monica, Calif., to Boston to support the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Alex Kates, a member of the Newport Run & Chug Club, will join more than 1,000 other local runners once the relay reaches Massachusetts. The run began in Santa Monica on March 16 and will finish in Boston on April 13, two days before the first anniversary of last year’s tragic events.
The first One Run for Boston was organized just weeks after the bombing, raising $91,000 for the One Fund to assist survivors and the families impacted.
Kates, in an e-mail message, said he ran in the relay last year in Douglas, Mass., and this year, he'll be running his stage in Pomfret, Conn., at 1:50 a.m. early in the morning on April 13.
"I decided to take an overnight leg because there was only one other runner doing it and I thought she might appreciate some company. The run comes up through CT into MA, but isn't passing through RI this year. I'll lobby for it next year, though!" he said.
During last year's run, participants moved the baton 24 hours a day through scorching deserts, torrential downpours, and lightning storms. This year, the goal is $1 million for the One Fund - which provides financial support for survivors, many of whom still struggle from injuries sustained during the bombing.
Interested runners or those wishing to make donations for survivors can visit www.onerunforboston.org.
Those looking to pitch in can click on an individual runner or just hit the donate button.
The website also allows users to track the baton as it crosses the country.
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.
They’ve been honored by the participation of so many directly impacted by the bombing, and also veterans and others who have drawn strength through a remarkable grassroots community of runners.
“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," Bent said.
Check out Kates' donation page. He's still shy of his $250 goal. Hint. Hint.