Glass City Marathon ‘Team 8’ is assembling to honor blast victimsWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of 8-year-olds is being assembled to provide tribute to Boston Marathon bombing victims at an event before the Aprll 28 Glass City Marathon. “Team 8,” a group of at least 26 8-year-olds, will run the one-mile kids’ race at noon April 27 at the University of Toledo Glass Bowl.
“Team 8” is running in memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the Boston Marathon bombings. Having 26 children, all 8 years old, run a mile each to collectively equal a marathon, is a symbol of support for and unity with Richard’s family, runners worldwide and the City of Boston, according to Team 8 organizer Jeremy Baumhower.
“As a father of four, including one who turns 7 years old this week and a 9-year-old, the Boston tragedy could not have hit home any harder, especially learning the news of Martin Richard,” said Baumhower, a media producer and Toledo Free Press contributor. “Martin was the 8-year-old victim whose only crime was going to a race to cheer on family. How many events do we drag our other children to so they can watch and support a sibling? Hopefully we can raise some money to send it to whatever fund is set up in his name. I just love the thought of 8-year-olds running for a cause, smiling and indirectly showing the complete lack of fear they have against evil and acts like these.”
Baumhower said he is looking for donations first to cover the $10 per child fee for April 27, so families do not have to pay to be a part of the event. He is also looking for T-shirts for Team 8. Proceeds will be donated to The Richard Family Fund, which was started with a $5,000 donation by Salem Five, a Boston-Area bank.
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