One Run For Boston (ORFB) is a non-stop running relay across America in aid of the One Fund Boston. It started in Los Angeles on March 16th and finished in Boston on April 13th, two days before the first anniversary of last year's tragic events.
We had the honor of participating in what was both an exciting and emotional undertaking by all involved. We followed the progress on Facebook as the Baton (a.k.a. Miles Le Baton) passed from runner to runner across America.
At night before bed, it was hard not to look outside at a thunderous downpour and think of the ORFB Crew and the other runners carrying Miles each step of the way. The people’s lives that the event touched as it crossed the desert and skirted Tornados is inspiring to say the least.
This year Noxgear was able to donate vests to Danny and Kate on the ORFB Crew to use on their journey. Occasionally we’d see photos of a lone runner at night crossing a state border wearing a Tracer360.
When the Baton reached our very own Columbus, Ohio on Sunday April 6th, we decided to go all out and outfit the whole group of more than 30 runners. Our hat goes off to Stuart Kirk for organizing and leading us all on an outstanding group run through downtown Columbus at 10:00 PM.
At 11:00 PM it was time for my stage of the run. Stuart passed me the baton and I carried it 11 miles out of Columbus. At 1:10 AM I passed the baton to Lindsay who had been following in a support vehicle. Our roles reversed and she took the Baton another 7.5 miles. At 2:40 AM, like clockwork, we met the next group of runners, exchanged hugs and the baton, and wished them well.
Each runner has their reason why they missed work and lost sleep to participant in ORFB. For me, it’s because I have no doubt that each victim of the Boston attack would do the same for a stranger like me. Now, more than ever those who have undergone countless surgeries and have other long term needs, need our continuing financial and emotional support.
Big Hugs to Kate, Danny, and James for starting and giving everything to One Run For Boston and for being there every step of the way!