In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon people were left wanting to join together to show their support. Twitter was full of people pledging to Run For Boston that night or the next morning. I wanted to find a way to bring us all together in our efforts and created a Google Form for people to log their miles together. I shared the link with friends on Facebook and Twitter, sharing it with every running group and
fitness hashtag I could think of. I thought maybe my close friends and colleagues would log their miles, but never expected it go viral.
Since Monday night, it’s become a movement of support, empathy, and strength. Some of us are runners, some are joggers, some are walkers, and some are lacing up for the first time; all of us want to #RunForBoston. Whether you run your 26 miles miles or walk 2.6, you can log your miles in the form and share why you Run For Boston.
Within 48 hours, over 2100 runners logged 9000 miles and the list continues to grow quickly. 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.
One runner runs “For those who have to learn to walk all over again” while another says “Because my brother-in-law crossed the finish line 15 min before the explosions. Because Boston is my city. Because we are strong.”
Log as many runs as you like for as long as you like, the form will remain active and I will continue to share totals periodically on Facebook and Twitter (@OberBecca). To access the form and read stories of other runners, visit beccaobergefell.com. Join other runners on Twitter with the #RunForBoston hashtag and read the incredible (and sometimes heartbreaking) stories shared by people from across the United States and
A special thanks to the #SAChat community for being among the first people to log their miles as they #RunForBoston and for sharing it so widely!