Organizers of this weekend’s London Marathon will make a donation for every finisher to the fund set up to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombs.
Officials said 2 pounds for every runner who crosses the finish line on April 21 will be donated to The One Fund Boston set up to raise money after the explosions three days ago. With more than 35,500 runners expected to finish the race, organizers said at least 70,000 pounds ($107,000) is likely to be raised.
“Everyone connected with the London Marathon was shocked by the terrible events in Boston, and we are keen to show our support to the victims’ families and our friends in the running community there,” race director Hugh Brasher said in a statement. “As soon as we heard about The One Fund Boston we decided to make a donation. Our pledge to give £2 for every finisher at the 2013 Virgin London Marathon seemed an appropriate and fitting way to make our contribution.”
Three people were killed and more than 175 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line as recreational runners completed the Boston race, which has been held annually since 1897. The blasts occurred about 2 1/2 hours after Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s event.
“It was the City of Boston that was attacked this week, and we are deeply gratified that the citizens of Boston are receiving so many displays of support,” Boston Marathon Race Director Tom Grilk said in the statement. “We remember the Star Spangled Banner being played at the Changing of the Guard after 9/11. We will remember what the runners in London and the organizers of the Virgin London Marathon are doing on Sunday. On behalf of everyone, thank you.”
The London Marathon said it’s also sent a link to The One Fund Boston website -- www.onefundboston.org -- to all runners, encouraging them to make their own donations.
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