NEWBURYPORT — In reaction to the horror that engulfed last year’s Boston Marathon, thousands have vowed to run the race this year in support of our country, its freedom and the good will produced by millions of its residents.
Not all affected by the tragedy, though, are able to commit to running 26.2 miles. While they may not be taking to Hopkinton on April 21, the Winner’s Circle Running Club of Salisbury has provided an easier opportunity for anybody to help further heal themselves and the city of Boston by strapping on running shoes.
Held the weekend before this year’s marathon, the club will host the Greater Newburyport Boston Strong 2.62 Mile Charity Race. A Fun Run for children will begin at 10 a.m. on April 13. The charity run will begin soon after at 10:30 a.m.
“We had 70 runners at the Marathon last year who were directly affected by the events,” said Scott Walsh, president of the Winners Circle Running Club. “We are not deterred. We have over 100 runners and volunteers going to the marathon this year. The community support has meant a great deal to us.”
Calli Towne will be coordinating the event and explained the story behind it and how people can get involved.
“Everyone was affected by marathon tragedies last year,” Towne said. “A group of us from the Newburyport Mothers Club sent out an email asking if anybody wanted to plan an event to help. Eight of our members responded and we decided that we wanted it to benefit The One Fund.
“Some of us had never run while some ran competitively, but none of us had ever organized a race. We quickly realized we needed help to pull it off. I thought to reach out to the Winners Circle Running Club, and we asked if they’d help us. Within 24 hours, its president Scott Walsh emailed me back and said the club was very affected by what happened and wanted to do something but weren’t sure of what, and decided to partner with us.”