The events at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15th, 2013, were tragic for all of us in the running community...3 dead and over 280 wounded.
No story is more heart wrenching than that of the youngest fatality, 8 year old Martin Richard of Dorchester, MA. He died on April 15th waiting with his family at the finish line. His Mom and Sister were also critically injured. His Mother, Denise, has had to undergo brain surgery. His 6 year old Sister, Jane, has lost a leg - her life was only saved by the heroic actions of bystanders. Bill, his father had to have several ball bearings removed from his leg. Martin's older brother, Henry, was not physically hurt in the blast...
Jeff Bauman defied the odds after suffering the traumatic amputation of both legs - again, surviving due to the heroic efforts of complete strangers.
As of May 15th we doubled our goal and raised over $52,000 - with the blessing of the Richard Family and Jeff. Our extended family of Ultra Runners has stepped up with over 700 individuals and businesses- from 20 different countries and virtually every state - donating to this worthy cause!
NOW, WE MOVE ON TO PHASE II of our efforts:
DC2BOSTON - Stand United. Run United. A 450 mile non-stop run from the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon to the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon.
JOIN US - you can donate, share, RUN with us, offer support, hang out with the crew or come out and cheer as we run by!
Follow us: Twitter @endurancetrust #dc2bos
Our goal: To get the total up to $78.6k and then up to $100k.
Date & Time: Starting 06:00, Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Location: Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, 1 North Rotary Road, Arlington, VA 22211
Description of Course and Tentative Time Line:
Overview: 450 miles - 10 states & DC - Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Princeton, Newark, NYC, Hopkinton, Boston...
Detailed Route: Frank & Matt with a crew of volunteer support and runners will be departing from the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial (06:00 28 May) and running the first leg together past Arlington National Cemetery (VA-DC) to the Lincoln Memorial and Down the Mall - with a tour of the Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorial, the Washington Monument, past the Simithsonian, White House and Capitol Building.
After Capitol Hill, Frank and Matt will begin alternating Marathons on a NW track (We will cross DC-MD on Blandensburg Rd)(08:00 28 May) to Baltimore via US1. In Baltimore, (14:00 28 May) we will pass the Inner Harbor then continue on US1 crossing the Susquehanna River north of Darlington. (0:00 29 May)
We will split from US1 and head east alon Rt 273 and cross the MD-DE (100 miles - 04:00 29 May) state line west of Newark, DE, on Rt 273. We will then follow Rt 2 to Wilmington (07:30 29 May) then follow Rt 13 along the Delaware River and cross DE-PA State Line (09:30 29 May) north of Claymont on Rt 13.
We then follow Rt. 291 along the Delaware River to FDR Park in Philadelphia. Frank and Matt will run together through Historic Philadelphia along Independence Mall (13:30 29 May) past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We wil then follow the river and take Trenton Avenue NW to cross the Delaware River at Morrisville (PA-NJ) (20:00 29 May)
The NJ leg starts along Rt 206 then links up with Rt 27 in Princeton (0:00 30 May). We will continue on Rt 27 to Edison, Elizabeth and into Newark and taking Raymond Ave. across the Passaic River (07:00 30 May) and into Jersey City (Rt 9). Matt and Frank wil then run by Liberty State Park in the shadow of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We then will take the Ferry (World Financial Center-Paulus Hook) to Manhattan (NJ-NY) (230 miles -08:00 30 May). The Support vehicles will travel around to lower Manhattan.
We will cross the Hudson River into NYC (NJ-NY). Once there, we will run a loop around Ground Zero and the Freedom Tower (09:00 30 May). We will head north up Broadway to Times Square then take 7th Avenue to Central Park. Once there, we will follow the East Side of the park through the Central Park Zoo (Penguins anyone?) and by the Museum of Natural History (Night at the Museum fame!). We will exit the park on the North Side and continue up 7th Ave. and cross into the Bronx cutting across the Bronx Parkway to US1/ Boston Road (13:00 30 May). We will continue NE to New Rochelle along the coast and Leave NY outside of White Plains in Port Chester.
We enter Connecticut (NY-CT) (262 miles - 10 Marathons -17:00 30 May) at Greenwich continuing up the coast on US1 to Stamford, through Norwalk and then into Westport. We continue east to Fairfield then take Rt 130 to Bridgeport and Stratford. We will continue back on US1 to New Haven (03:00 31 May) then take Rt 17 north to Middletown where we will cross the Connecticut River (08:00 31 May) taking Rt 66 to Rt 6 and north toward Putnam. We will then cross CT border into RI.
Once in RI (CT-RI) (22:00 31 May) we will take the Benson Mountain Trail through the Buck Hill Management Area and exiting near Wallum Lake. We will exit Rhode Island and cross into Massachusetts on the Wallum Lake Road after only about 5 miles (RI-MA) (23:00 31 May).
We will follow the East side of the Douglas State Forest and then link up on Rt 16 and head east through Milford. In Milford, Frank and Matt will head north to Hopkinton (06:00 1 June) and run the Boston Marathon Course into Boston with a FINISH down Boylston Street into Copley Square. (12:00 1 June)
You can review the tentative route here: http://goo.gl/sQClBIf you want to raise money locally and/or send a check, please send/make it out to:
c/o Frank Fumich
6011A 4th Street North
Arlington, VA 22203-1076
If you have any questions about our efforts or you need an update, feel free to e-mail us.
Thanks for the help - Let's show them the change we can make.
Frank Fumich & Matt Nelson