Students organize run to raise money for marathon bombing victims fund

Just days after the Boston Marathon bombings, students are organizing a fundraiser to assist victims of the attack and demonstrate the campus community’s support for the people of Boston.
 
Christopher J. Weyant, a first-year Sport Management major from Wilbraham, is the lead organizer of a 2.62-mile campus run tonight. The runners are to gather at 6 p.m. on the plaza between the Mullins Center and the practice skating rink with the run starting off at 6:30 p.m.
 
Weyant says the event is designed to show the people of Boston that the UMass Amherst community supports them and “to show the perpetrators of these horrific attacks that we will overcome adversity and peace is the best ally.”
 
Students James Healey, Zach Willis, Ryan Ellington and Dan Annattos have assisted Weyant in organizing the race.
 
No registration is required to participate in the race and runners are encouraged to wear yellow and blue T-shirts, the signature colors of the Boston Athletic Association, the sponsors of the Boston Marathon.
 
Student volunteers will be on hand at the beginning of the run to collect donations that will go to The One Fund Boston, which will be administered by alumnus Kenneth Feinberg, a prominent Washington, D.C. lawyer who ran the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
 
In a broadcast e-mail, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy urged the campus community to participate in the event. “Let’s show the people of Boston that UMass Amherst stands beside them and demonstrate to the world that Massachusetts is strong, resilient and unbowed,” he wrote.
 
On Saturday, April 20, Minuteman football head coach Charley Molnar, an avid runner himself, is offering those who were competing at the marathon a chance to “Cross the Finish Line” at the team’s spring game at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Runners will be able to take a lap around the field, cross the finish line which will be set up at the 50-yard line and will be presented a gift on behalf of the football program. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. As the runners take a lap around the field, their names will be displayed on the stadium’s video board in recognition of their accomplishment.