DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-The One Run For Boston made it to St. Louis Saturday. The non-stop running relay across America brings together recreational runners and elite athletes to show support for the city of Boston and the people whose lives were changed forever by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.
There are St.Louisans for whom this means a lot. Linda and Eric Larson were there that day. Linda running, and Eric watching for her at Mile 26, right across the street from the two blasts.
“I saw the bombing,” he said. “I saw the second flash. And anything I can do to help those folks, I want to do it. It really means a lot.”
Linda was ready to take part the moment she heard a mention of the relay. She scrambled to get her husband on the phone.
“I said, ‘You have got to get us signed up for this. No matter what, I am running this. This means a lot to me.’”
The run started in Los Angeles on June 7 and will finish in Boston on June 30. Over those three weeks, the One Run For Boston relay will travel over 3000 miles through fourteen different states. Each runner will make a contribution to The One Fund Boston via their entry fee and the money raised will be used to help the people most affected by the events of April 15.
The run was started by runners, but not runners from the Untied States. A pair of Britons were moved by the events an ocean away.
“We just felt compelled to do something that would help more than just write a check, and this has come from that,” organizer Kate Treleaven said.
Follow the progress via their live map.
— George Sells (@GeorgeSells) June 22, 2013
FOX 2’s John Pertzborn took part in a leg of the relay. Watch his YouTube video: