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Boston Strong: how you can help


Even if you didn’t run this year’s Boston Marathon or know anyone who was there personally, if you’re a runner, April 15th’s attack likely felt personal.

Runners from around the globe are responding. They’re gathering together to honor the victims of Boston and coping the only way they know how — through running.

Through social media, runners are coming up with ways to honor Boston. Whether it’s wearing race shirts or the Boston Marathon’s colors — yellow and blue — all week or dedicating a run to the victims, there are no shortage of ways the running community is showing its support for Boston.

This page is a collection of a just few of the ways you can help and show your support for Boston. Please email us additional information or share it on our Facebook page. We will continue to update this page with more information.

Donate money to the victims. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have set up The One Fund Boston to raise money for the victims. Be wary of other organizations that claim to give money to the Boston victims. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of generous people during times of tragedy.

#RunForBoston. Runners from all over are pledging to log miles in support of Boston — and sharing it on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #runforboston. Becca Obergefell, a runner from Columbus, Ohio, created a Google document to keep track of all of these runs. Obergefell says, “These miles aren’t about raising money, but about showing our support for the runners, families, rescuers, and Bostonians. They are about being a part of something bigger than ourselves and being a part of a community.” Some runners are choosing to run unplugged — without music — so they can reflect on the tragedy. While other runners plan to run with friends and celebrate the community. Log your miles here.

#BostonStrong. The blogger, Pavement Runner, is helping to organize group runs around the country to honor Boston on Monday, April 22 — one week after the attack. Check out his blog to see if one of these runs is happening in your city. If it’s not, you can organize one.

Sign up for a race. Monday’s event will not stop runners from racing. In fact, it just ignited a fire and made many runners want to race now. Consider signing up for one of these big races happening around the country in the next few weeks:

More upcoming races.

Donate blood: Although the Boston area has enough blood in its banks, area hospitals and the Red Cross suggest making appointments for the coming weeks to help replenish the supply. If you’re in the area and want to schedule a donation, email blooddonor@partners.org with your preferred donation type (blood or platelets), days you prefer to donate, and a phone number. You can also donate through the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Compiled by Jenilee Matz, MPH.