Group Runs to Boston for Charity 1 Year after Bombings
Tuesday marks one year since two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260 others.
Tuesday night, a group of runners from Tennessee is heading up to Boston on foot to help the victims of last year's tragedy. The group, Run Now Relay, is running from Cleveland, Tennessee, all the way to Boston. NBC29 caught up with some of the runners as they made their way through Charlottesville.
Eight days, 26 runners, and more than 1,000 miles. Run Now Relay is running around the clock to bring a check for charity all the way to the Boston Marathon finish line.
"We're doing this in a way of sending a message of solidarity and hope to the city of Boston,” said runner Jaime Bark.
The group hit the pavement earlier this week and has raised nearly $60,000 for two organizations.
"One that serves underprivileged girls in Boston and one that is working with children who lost limbs in the bombing to get prosthetics,” Bark said.
Tuesday the runners made it to Charlottesville, the halfway mark to Boston. Johnny Clemons is not only running the relay, but he's also running the Boston Marathon for the third time.
"Luckily I was blessed not to be there that year. I probably would have run that year but I was doing another trail marathon so it impacted me it could have been us,” Clemons said.
But he says this go-around it's not about time; it's about taking it all in.
"I'm just going to enjoy it, enjoy the people,” he said.
Clemons is also running 26.2 miles every day leading up to Monday's race.
"I thought it was kind of symbolic,” he said.
The runners say this shows that even a tragic event like last year's bombings can't break them.
"Runners are a tight-knit group and when this happens I think it really struck us and struck the whole country,” Bark said.
“We're charging back and bringing that solidarity back to Boston," said runner Yuri Davis.
And the support they've gotten so far shows that every city is “Boston strong.”
The group will make it to Boston this Saturday. Four out of the 26 members will also be running in the marathon on Monday.