AMHERST, Mass. – A sport management student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is organizing a 2.62-mile run on the Amherst campus to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The event is being held tonight, April 18. 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.
Lead organizer Christopher J. Weyant, 19, of Wilbraham, 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.”
UMass Amherst 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 Kenneth Feinberg, a UMass Amherst alumnus and prominent Washington, D.C. lawyer who ran the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Weyant says the run will be done at a leisurely pace around the Amherst campus.
Tonight’s event isn’t the only one focused on responding to the Boston Marathon bombing. UMass 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 Minutemen’s Spring Game at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Saturday, April 20. Those 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 UMass 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.