If ever there was a time to move ... Run Now
by TOM ROWLAND, Cleveland Mayor
Jun 17, 2013 | 540 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Tom Rowland
Mayor Tom Rowland
It has been two months since the Patriots Day bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. What began as a day of excitement, competition and tradition on that April 15 morning ended in a day of terror.

Just two hours after the winner crossed the finish line, with 5,700 people remaining to finish the race, several homemade explosions detonated a few hundred yards apart. The blasts blew out windows on buildings and left runners and spectators injured along the way. Three people were killed, 264 injured and 16 runners were mangled, losing legs or arms.

The Boston Marathon event is now history. Some of the suspects are dead and the investigation continues. But those who were left maimed by the events of that tragic day will never be the same.

The One Fund Boston was created at the request of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. The Victim Relief Fund of The One Fund Boston is being used to assist those families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were most seriously affected as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, and related events on April 18-19.

People across the nation are now rallying to highlight the resilience and determination of the running community. And the Cleveland/Bradley community is joining in the movement.

“If ever there was a time to move ... Run Now” is the theme of the walk, run, cycle event that will be staged in Cleveland on Wednesday, June 19, at the Raider Drive Greenway playground.

It is an opportunity for each of us to “move” in some way and help the families who are suffering as a result of this event.

Run Now is a program that encourages runners of all abilities to pledge miles, and recommit to the spirit of running. The movement pauses to reflect on those impacted by the tragic events in Boston. Coordinating the event is People for Care & Learning and United Way, partnering with businesses in our city.

You have an opportunity to help our community join together and demonstrate our solidarity with others around the U.S.A. in support of Boston on June 19.

The location is the popular Greenway at the Raider Drive playground from 4 to 6 p.m. Every mile walked, run or cycled and every donation made is a step in the right direction — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The One Fund Boston 2013.

Cleveland’s event will feature an afternoon of family events with vendors and kid-themed inflatables during the two-hour period beginning at 4 p.m. Included will be “Chalk Messages to Boston.” Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., a 5K run, a 2-mile walk and a 12-mile cycle course will be held as part of the Run Now program.

Every participant receives a Run Now bracelet, one of the fundraising efforts for the One Fund Boston.

The program is being held across the nation in June, encouraging runners of all abilities to pledge miles and to recommit to the spirit of running. It pauses to reflect on those impacted by the tragic events in Boston.

Whether you are a walker, runner, cyclist or just a spectator, you can be a part of our event Wednesday in Cleveland. It’s our way of extending a hand to the innocent people victimized in Boston — and paying tribute to the brave runners who took part — and those who were unable to cross the finish line.

Check out the website www.PeopleforCare.org/RunNow for more information or call People for Care & Learning at 478-7071 or United Way at 479-2020.