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Run for Boston at 7 p.m. Monday

April 19, 2013 - Rob Weaver
My wife and I received this email at our home account Thursday morning:

“Independent running stores across America are hosting a solidarity run on Monday, April 22nd, for those affected by the events that took place in Boston on Monday, April 15th. A "Runners for Boston" t-shirt will be available for purchase before the start of the run. All proceeds from the $20 shirt will benefit charities and organizations that the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) recommends.

Please check out the IRRA website for retailers near you! http://www.theirra.com

If you can't make it in person, show your solidarity by sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter of your own run!”

The nearest member of the Independent Running Retailer Association is Dave's Running Shop, which has a store in Findlay. This is from the Ohio chain's Facebook page:

“Join us Monday, April 22 as we band together in a nation-wide “solidarity run” on behalf of those affected by the tragedy in Boston. The 2.6 mile run & walk begins at 7:00PM and will take place at Woodland Park in Perrysburg.

Donations will be accepted and a "Runners for Boston" t-shirt will be available for purchase. 100% of all sales of the $20 shirt and donations will go directly to One Fund Boston, the national support fund benefitting those affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston. T-shirts, run support and aid stations are being donated so that all money can go directly to those impacted.”

Woodland Park is at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and East Boundary in Perrysburg. I won't be able to make it there after work, so I plan to head to a favorite running trail at Tiffin University Nature Preserve and run the one-mile loop three times. Then, I'll donate a dollar for each minute it takes to complete the run. I've been training for a hike, not a 5K, lately, so it'll probably be costly.

I encourage all area runners to hit the road or trail at 7 p.m. Monday in a show of solidarity. Runners are encouraged to wear blue or yellow clothing -- the bib colors for the Boston Marathon -- which shouldn't be difficult for folks from the Tiffin area.

To donate directly, go to: www.onefundboston.org.

 
 

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