Runners at three marathons in May will pitch in to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Participants at events in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland will be able to buy “Boston Strong” wristbands by donation. The proceeds will go to The One Fund to help those affected by the tragedy.
The One Fund Boston was established by Massachusetts Govenor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino after the bombings last Monday. Three people were killed and 170 more injured in the attack.
Race organizers have said that participants are enthusiastic about the fundraising effort.
“We listened to our runners and the overwhelming sentiment was 'what can we do for Boston,’” Patrice Matamoros, race director of the May 5 Pittsburgh Marathon, told Newswire.
Jack Staph, director of the May 19 Cleveland Marathon, added that entrants wanted a way to support Boston victims financially but also to “wear something during their race to show their support for the victims and their city.” The bracelet will let them do both, he told Runner's World.
Each marathon will have a moment of silence for Boston before the start of the race.