Local runners Amy Ross and Paul Frisbee will be running this Friday for something more than just exercise.
Ross and Frisbee will be running through Phelps and Pulaski counties as a part of One Run for Boston, a cross-country relay to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in April. Runners pay to run individual or group stages and funds raised help benefit the victims.
Both runners found out about the event through Facebook and didn’t hesitate to do their part.
“I had qualified for the Boston Marathon 2014, and, of course, I was devastated when I found out what happened,” Ross said. “I thought it was a great cause to run for those victims.”
Frisbee said it was “an easy decision to decide to run.”
“I love running, and to be part of an epic coast-to-coast run with the extra added benefit of supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack was just added icing on the cake,” he said.
The 3,300-mile, non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston will be passing through Missouri on June 20 and 21.
One Run For Boston started in Venice Beach at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, and is scheduled to reach Boston just over three weeks later at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.
Frisbee will be running 10.5 miles starting at 3:50 a.m. on June 21 from Randolf Road and Route 7 to Dropping Plates CrossFit in St. Robert on Historic Route 66. At 5:35 a.m., Ross will run the 10 miles from Dropping Plates CrossFit to Newburg.
“It's so cool to be involved in this national event that benefits such a great cause,” Ross said.
Hundreds of runners from across the USA will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock through 14 different states and four separate time zones, passing a specially designed baton between them.
Supporters will be able to follow their progress online thanks to a GPS tracking device fitted to the baton, which will update its location every 15 minutes.
The relay will travel through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and finally, Massachusetts.
The 3,300-mile route has been divided into 319 separate stages. Most of the stages are around 10 miles with a few as long as 26 miles, and some group stages in the big cities just five miles.
Runners can sign up to run a stage via the One Run for Boston website (www.onerunforboston.org).