Marathon runners get their finish Saturday with #onerun
Just about a month after the Boston Marathon bombings stopped thousands of participants from finishing the race, a group of runners has organized the #onerun for all those who were halted by Commonwealth Avenue to finally get their finish.
The “#onerun” will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. With the tagline “We’ll get our finish,” the main goal of the run is for both runners and spectators to experience the “magic final mile of the Boston Marathon,” according to the event’s Facebook page.
Additionally, the event aims to bring consumers back into the Back Bay, helping businesses hurt by the area being shut down following the bombings. Commonwealth, Hereford Street, and Boylston Street will all be closed to traffic for the event, bringing a bit of the Boston Marathon’s atmosphere to the #onerun. Over 2,000 people have RSVPed yes to the event’s Facebook page.
Part of what has made the #onerun special so far is that it’s a true collaborative effort among the city’s runners. Representatives from running clubs and teams, as well as businesses and events out of Greater Boston have worked to plan the run. Those interested can also make a donation to help offset the costs of hosting the free event to RACE, or Run Against Cancer Events, a tax exempt charitable organization.
The event is free to everyone, and registration is not required to participate. Runners who did not finish on April 15 will make up the run’s participants, but anyone who wants to run is welcome and no one will be turned away, regardless of if they have a bib from the Boston Marathon or not.