3 thousand miles, 1600 runners, 300 stages, all for one cause.
Following the April 15th explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, people from all over the world wanted to do something to help, and three runners from the UK came up with One Run for Boston.
"So we came up with this idea, which would not only raise a lot of money; because each runner is donating to the run fund in order to run, but it also has had the impact that it has connected runners across the country,” said co-organizer Kate Treleaven
The relay started on June 7th in Los Angeles and has already raised $65,000. This afternoon, a Hawaii man completed an 11 mile stretch through Zanesville.
"I am heading east on US 40 and going to the Zane Grey museum,” runner Nik Carrell said.
All of the runners took part in this historic relay for the same reason
"The running community is very tight knit, runners take care of runners, so it definitely effects all of us," said Carrell.
"These people want to do what they do best in memory and in support of those of the people who can’t," Treleaven said.
"I think it is nice, as well for people to understand that we haven’t forgotten,” said Shan Gravell, a relay runner, who ran the stretch before Carrell, along with friend Amy Craft Ahrens.
“Yeah, we haven’t forgotten,” added Ahrens.
“That’s another reason why we wanted to do it,” Gravell said.
“So many other things have happened, horrible things have happened since then, and it’s easy to forget that these people are dealing with this for the rest of their life,” said Ahrens.
Ahrens and Gravell were both near the finish line in Boston and they used the memory of the victims to trudge on through the stifling heat and the hilly landscape of southeastern Ohio
"Around five or six (miles) we started to get a groove and the walk breaks made a big difference,” said Ahrens. “And at one point I said, we cannot really complain about this, when there are people that are learning to walk with new appendages.”
Treleaven added, “That’s it, that’s it, these guys have epitomized the spirit."
Carrell made it to Zane Grey around 7 pm and passed it on to Thad Metzger and Dan Berding who will run 10 miles to Jackson Run Road. The relay will continue until it ends this Sunday in Boston. If you wish to donate, you don’t have to be a runner, just visit One Run’s website at onerunforboston.org