Tonight’s event was awesome. Over 100 local runners turned out to run as one, in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon. This was my first “real” run since Marathon Monday. It felt great running again, especially for a cause like this. I think it’s helped all of us feel like we a helping in some small way.
Join us May 15th at 6:30PM
It was supposed to be a day of challenges. A day of personal feats. A day of charity and goodwill. A day of celebration. But what happened that day at the Boston Marathon was absolutely horrific. Innocent lives were taken. Other innocent lives have been changed forever. Heroes emerged. Our city showed its strength. Law enforcement officials did not rest until finding those responsible. And now its our time to take care of the victims and their families. Its our time to get back out and run Boston Strong.
Join us at the Boston Fund Run on the one month anniversary of the tragic events of the marathon for a FREE community 5k run/walk. There will be no registration fees, no swag, no shirts, no timing, no prizes and absolutely no merchandise for sale. We will be collecting voluntary donations for The One Fund Boston. Many of you have already donated in your own way or can’t and that’s okay, we still want you here! If you are unable or do not want to run or walk the course, come on down and volunteer or just hang out. This is as much of a community event as a fundraiser.
Directions & Parking
The Raynham Lions Club is located at 2234 King Philip St Raynham, MA 02767. Take Exit 13B off of Route 24 onto Route 44W. Follow Route 44W and then take a right at the lights onto Dean Street (next to 99 Restaurant). From Dean Street take a left onto King Philip Street. The Lions Club will be on your right almost immediately.
Parking will be in two locations. The Lions Club parking lot is tight, so please follow the guidance of our volunteers in parking so we may maximize it. Additional parking will be directly across the street at the Senior Center and some will be available in the soccer field lot (there are Raynham youth sports going on simultaneously). Volunteers will be available to direct you, look for the folks in orange.
5:30PM: Registration Opens
6:15PM: Pre-race ceremony
I wanted to share an article written by Ian Crouch in the New Yorker….
If you’d fallen asleep for the past month, and had awakened to tune into a recent Boston Red Sox broadcast, you’d likely be surprised to learn that this bunch of Sox are in first place, but would be much more surprised to hear Don Orsillo, the play-by-play guy, read promos for something called the One Fund, established, as he notes during breaks in the action, to “help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.” Even if you haven’t slept through the last few weeks, the words still sound startling and strange, despite the blanketing coverage.
The blue-and-yellow One Fund logo, designed to look like a race bib, appears all over Boston these days, and is especially noticeable at the end of television commercials for companies like Dunkin’ Donuts and Citizens Bank (both of which have pledged a hundred thousand dollars). As of this week, the One Fund had raised more than twenty-nine million dollars. Roughly eleven million has come from individual donations, while the rest has come from institutional and corporate gifts. This is not to say that these corporate donations are somehow sinister or purely self-promoting. Instead, they are just one marker of how, in the month since the bombing, there has been an alignment of charity, marketing, and commerce—which mostly serves laudable and important ends, but nonetheless is complex and, at times, disconcerting.
There is, for example, the phrase “Boston Strong,” which within hours of the attack had become a rallying cry for the city—a statement of resolution and solidarity in the face of fear and sadness. And, as happens these days with any rousing slogan, it appeared on T-shirts. Ink to the People, based in Milwaukee, worked with two students at Emerson College on a design that has raised more than eight hundred thousand dollars for the One Fund. (The shirts sell for twenty dollars—the company donated production costs on the first fifteen hundred shirts sold, and have given fifteen dollars for each after that.) If clever shirts, and other sleek retail items, motivate people who might not normally give money to donate to the victims, then they have served a noble purpose and achieved practical results. (Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong product line for cancer research did this.)
Yet there is a more efficient act of giving, which would be to send the money directly to the One Fund itself, skipping the middle production costs—as well as avoiding a chance for cashing in by the unscrupulous. On the streets of Boston, vendors hawk “Boston Strong” merch that seems certain to benefit no one but themselves.
The swiftness with which “Boston Strong” went from a comforting phrase to a fashion statement and casual marker of regional identity reveals a certain friction. We want to participate in a common cause, but consumption, as a primary expression of grief and pride, is inadequate. I wore my old Red Sox hat with a little more purpose in the days after the attack, and my instinct to cleave to the team was not unusual. The most common visual manifestation of the slogan “Boston Strong” incorporates the Red Sox “B” logo above the word “strong,” as if the Red Sox organization were sponsoring the city’s attempt to reconcile with terrorism. Which, in a cross-marketing sort of way, it has. The Red Sox, along with Major League Baseball and the Players Association, have donated more than six hundred thousand dollars to the One Fund; hats featuring the logo are on back order at the M.L.B.’s online store.