A total of 10 local runners participated in this second annual event which raises awareness for survivors of the bombing

In the wake of a terrible tragedy, big-hearted folks from across the nation are coming together to take a stand against terrorism.

At exactly 2:49 p.m. on April 13, 2013, a pair of pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon

The two explosive devices went off within 12 seconds and 200 yards of one another on a jam-packed Boyleston Street.

Three fans were killed and another 264 injured.

One of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzokhar, was seriously wounded but survived and was taken into custody.

This cowardly act of domestic terrorism sent shock waves across the country and around the world.

While many reacted with anger and outrage, others have tried to show their support in the most positive ways possible.

One Run

The echo of those bombs had barely died away before three friends from the United Kingdon came up with a wonderful idea.

Danny Bent, Jamie Hay and Kate Treleaven became the driving force behind an event that was christened, “One Run for Boston.”

The idea was to gather together marathoners from all over the globe to participate in a relay.

What the trio envisioned was an unbroken chain of runners from coast to coast, all undertaking a leg in support of Boston.

Incredibly, the public leapt a this chance. More than 2,000 runners took part in the initial One Run for Boston, which lasted more than three weeks.

“We wanted to do something to help those impacted by the blasts,” said Bent. “We had no idea if the relay would work, let alone take off in the extraordinary way it did.”

The inaugural relay generated approximately $91,000 in pledges, all of which went to help victims of the bombings.

This year, organizers are being a bit more ambitious. Their goal for One Run for Boston 2014? How about a cool one million dollars?

“The relay had forged a new community of runners, powered by positivity and united by a desire to support the One Fund in its ongoing mission to help those impacted by the bombings,” Treleaven said.

Local Ties

The second annual One Run for Boston kicked off on Sunday, March 16 in Santa Monica (CA).

This year's relay consists of 337 stages, which range in size from 8 to 22 miles. The final led of the relay will end at Copley Square in Boston on Sunday, April 13.

Thirty-five of those stages will cut through PA and 10 runners from our local area are participating.

Wayne County's own Cindy Batzel, Debra Rieutort, Suzanne Atcavage, Emily Wood, Jeannie Maritato, Cindy Maritato, Jody Rowe, Heather Histed, Magdalena Mozga and Robert (Marty) Robbins are all in action.

The group is running Stage 297, a 9-mile leg that starts in Ashfield and ends in Walnutport.

According to Cindy Maritato, getting involved in a national grassroots movement like this one is a genuine thrill.

“We're all really excited about it,” she said on the eve of her relay leg. “Just knowing that you're helping out in some small way makes you feel connected to so many people. It's a great feeling being a part of something much larger than yourself.”

Helping Out

The goal of this relay is to raise funds and awareness for the plight of Boston Marathon bombing survivors and their families.

Toward that end, One Run for Boston participants are seeking to raise at least $250 each on their way to that lofty million dollar goal.

Anyone who'd like to support the effort may do so by visiting the event website at www.onerunfor boston.org.

Click the “donate” button and you can even search individual runners.