Friday, June 7th at 10:00AM, a group of runners will set out from Venice Beach, California and start the One Run For Boston Relay. After 319 stages and 3,300 miles, the baton will be exchanged one last time at Boston Commons. When I first heard of this event from Runner’s World, I immediately searched to see how close the route was coming to Cleveland. Initially, I was disappointed to find the route going through the southern half of Ohio with the closest relay point nearly 3 hours away.
My mind then started spinning. My extremely supportive in-laws live about halfway between. I called my father-in-law to give him an overview of what I was plotting and scheming. “Hell yes dog, let’s make this happen”, he replied. For the record, my father-in-law calls me “dog” – shortened from Running Dog. Long story, but I’m so lucky to have the best in-laws on the face of the planet.
After sleeping on the plan, I finalized everything the following morning. I’ll be running stage 248 on June 26th, tentatively at 5:55AM. Tentative only because there are 247 stages behind me and the exact time is certainly subject to change. I feel very privileged to be a part of this great event. Without a doubt they will be the most fulfilling 12 miles I’ve run to-date.
There are still a handful of open stages in Ohio. Please consider claiming one on your own or join me during my run on June 26th. If you’d like to learn more about the One Run For Boston relay, please visit http://www.onerunforboston.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.