Boston Marathon Support Grows

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 10, 2013
  • Updated May. 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM UTC
Photo: Running USA

Three marathons recently stepped up to increase charitable donations. 

Last month’s bombing at the finish line of the oldest modern marathon, Boston, continues to galvanize the running community.

The recent show of support for the victims of the tragedy comes in the form of donations — a lot of them.

Recently, directors of the Pittsburgh, Flying Pig and Cleveland Marathons have all made it possible for runners to donate to OneFundBoston, an organization that was founded April 17 with the support of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

The three marathons are specifically “selling” blue wristbands that runners can “purchase” at their events, giving whatever they want in terms of donation for the cause.

The worlds “Boston Strong” appear in gold lettering on the wristbands.

“Race directors often work together, whether it’s sharing best practices to put on a safe and successful race or coming to each other’s aid in the wake of a tragedy,” Pittsburgh Marathon race director Patrice Matmoros said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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