As of Friday, May 3, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH — Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the runners of Gwinnett have banded together to show their support for those injured and have passed away from the tragedy.
On Sunday, there is another chance for runners to give back: The “Run For Boston 5K” at Gwinnett Place Mall.
The money raised at the event benefits The One Fund, which was developed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino “to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston.”
“We felt that this race was a great opportunity for the people of Gwinnett to be able to remember those affected by the tragic events in Boston and have the opportunity to send donations to the One Fund established in Boston,” Jay Middleton of Fleet Feet Sports said. “The running community across America shares similar passions and we won’t stop doing what we love. It’s a chance for this community to come together to show our support.”
The 2K race starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K begins at 7 p.m. Both start in front of the Belk department store.
The public is encouraged to join the events to cheer the runner throughout the races. For kids, there will be games and inflatables.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate to One Fund, visit onefundboston.org.
On Tuesday, the Gwinnett Braves will also show their support with a “Boston Strong Night” theme when the team hosts the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple A affiliate. Local athletes with Boston ties will be on hand as Atlanta Falcons and former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and former Boston Celtics guard Dee Brown will throw out first pitches and also contribute autographed memorabilia that will be auctioned off to raise money for the One Fund. Numerous other items will also be up for auction.
For every ticket sold via the online link gwinnettbraves.com/boston using the promo code STRONG, $5 will be donated to OneFundBoston.org, benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.