What happened at the Boston Marathon has me heartbroken. Words can’t explain how I feel and I’m guessing that many of you are feeling the same way.

So, why don’t we get together and do something?

The Madrid Marathon is in two weeks, April 28th and while I’m certainly in no shape to run a marathon, there’s also the opportunity to run a 10k. And while I’m certainly in no shape to run a 10K, I’ll give it a try.

What about you?

Any runners out there that want to get together, make some “Guiri Run For Boston” shirts and meet up the day of the race? Maybe we can talk to someone there about foregoing the inscription fee or something. Maybe we could get our act together and raise money for the Boston Red Cross or another worthwhile organization?

I don’t know what I’m doing so I may need some help. I’m going to research today and see if I can come up with a plan. Any thoughts on how to go about this?

Venga. Let’s Run for Boston…

Please contact me by leaving a comment or send me an email if you would like to participate so I can get an idea of how many of us will be there. Again, I’m not a runner so I can maybe do five or six kilometers max, but we can walk the rest of the way. Run or walk for Boston. It doesn’t matter, I’d just like to get something together.

Update: I’ve just started a Facebook Page: A Guiri Run for Boston. I’ll add more information to that page as I get things sorted out.

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9 Responses to A GUIRI RUN FOR BOSTON?

  1. Good for you, Ham. I think it’s a great idea to show your support, no matter how far away you may be from Beantown. You can make donation pages thru gofundme.com I think (I’m trying to do the same for the Camino for a foundation I volunteered with in the States. Interested to see how this all shapes up). When you have the page up, let me know!

    • Hamatha says:

      Hi Cat,

      Thank you for the recommendation on Go Fund Me. I’m guessing I’ll have to pick an organization first right? I’m in the starting process and trying to decide on the best route to take. Red Cross is always a good one, but I was also thinking a rehabilitation center in Boston since it seems like a lot of people are going to need physical rehab.

      I was originally thinking that we could get people to sponsor us by kilometer, 10 euros for every kilometer or something, you know? But maybe that’s too complicated and just straight donations would be better. I’ve emailed the organizers of the marathon to see if they can help at all…

      I’ll keep you posted as it gets moving along..

  2. This is a great idea … I wish I could participate! But Mario is already committed to run the marathon and I’m his support system so I can’t run I don’t think. I’m supposed to take him, pick him up, carry gear/food/water/etc.

    I will try to support in any way I can, though!

    • Hamatha says:

      Thank you, Kaley! So cool that Mario is running the Maraton. I know the runner’s assistant is an important one, (having been one many times) so no problemo, chica! I would appreciate any help with promotion of the event if you don’t mind. So far, I don’t really have it organized, but I’m working on it. I’m hoping to be a bit more organized tomorrow as far as details, registration, etc. I’ll keep you posted!

      Thank you!

  3. elizabeth says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea! I am not moving to Spain until September, otherwise I would definitely join you to support the victims of the Boston Marathon from abroad. I’m sure the London and Madrid upcoming marathons will be much more emotional after everything that happened yesterday in Boston.

    Love your blog!

    • Hamatha says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! I’m sorry you won’t be able to participate, but thanks for your support!

      And yes, to tell the truth, sporting events always make me cry. I’m a mess during the Olympics, football finals, etc. I can only imagine what a mess I’ll be on the 28th, but at least I’ll be able to pass it off as a runner’s flush or something! :)

  4. This is a really sweet, wonderful initiative. I wish I could join you since I love to run, and since, in fact, I first got into running while I lived in Boston for five years. It was a tradition in our house to follow (to watch, not run!) the marathon every Patriot’s Day, so it was particularly sad for us following our friends’ posts on Facebook this past Monday.

    Today I ran my own personal tribute to the Boston marathoners by going my furthest distance yet in Valencia’s River Turia Park (a quarter marathon, or just over a 10K). I shared a pic here of my favorite running shirt, which is from another Boston-area St. Patrick’s Day race I ran a while back: http://instagram.com/p/YNJ5OSrlFQ/. So I’m sorry I can’t join you there on the 28th, but wish you the best of luck with it!

    • Hamatha says:

      Awww..thank you for your kind words. What happened in Boston hits all of us, but there are so many people that have a strong connection to that city, it’s just heart breaking.

      And that’s great on your personal tribute. A quarter marathon is nuts! I saw that there was a movement asking people to run and upload their photos this week. I plan on wearing my Celtics shirt to the race and the marido has a great Bruins shirt so I’m excited we’ll be properly equipped for the event. Did you see the hockey tribute last night where the whole stadium sang the national anthem? If not, take a look – its amazing!

      Thank you for your support!

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