In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many local groups have come up with ideas to support those affected by the incident.
Jersey Club Sports and RFYL (Run For Your Life) has decided to host its first Saturday 5k Fun Run to "show the world that no evil will ever stop the running community from doing what it loves and to show our support to those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings," said Deb Nexon of Jersey Club Sports who is organizing this 5K.
The 5K is open to all skill levels, walkers and dogs.
"We're suggesting a donation of $20 (or whatever you can give) that will be collected by each participant and sent to a charity related to Boston Marathon," she said, adding that they're open to suggestions for marathon-related charities. "We're anticipating 11 clubs across the country to join in. In addition to New Jersey, we will be working with sport leagues in NYC, Delaware, Charlotte, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlottesville, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami and Boston."
Where: Central Park of Morris County (Meet next to the Kickball field) http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/centralmain.asp
When: Race starts at 10:30am. The race is not timed
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/458016250951412/
Please invite whomever you believe might want to participate in this run. If you have any questions, please e-mail the organizer, Deb Nexon at firstname.lastname@example.org
"For anyone who has entered into the world of running, completing a race and crossing the finish line can be one of the best feelings ever. There's no lie in a runner's high," said Nexon. "Your weeks, months, or even years of training to get to that moment, whether it be for a 5k or full marathon, seem to be completely worth all the pain and time. When photographers capture a race's finish line, there should only ever be smiles or tears and only tears of joy. Photographers should never have to capture what took place at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon."