One Run for Boston features local runners

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

After the tragedy surrounding this year's Boston Marathon, running has taken a greater significance in the city of Boston. The One Run for Boston, the first nonstop, coast-to-coast 300-leg relay ever attempted in the United States began on June 7.

Each runner will make a contribution to the One Fund Boston via their entry fee. Proceeds from the event will go to help those who were affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

The relay began in Los Angeles, Calif., and will finish in Boston, Mass., near the Boston Marathon finish line on Sunday, June 30.

More than 300 individual segments will be run by an individual or group, through 14 states, 3,000 miles and 300 stages involving over 1,000 runners.

On the morning of June 20, Shaun Steele, of Joplin, will run into Monett from Granby and will hand-off the baton to Allison Nelson, of Joplin, who will run from Monett to Aurora. Nelson has been running for approximately one and a half years.

Richard Reed, of Pierce City, will run from Aurora to Billings. Reed is in his second year of running and is a fitness instructor for Cox Monett Hospital.

"It is not often that you get to participate in something of such national importance," said Reed. "To be able to participate locally as a runner from southwest Missouri, it is a honor to be able to make a difference halfway across the country."

Reed will hand the relay baton to Phillip Butler, of Joplin, who will run from Billings to Republic. Butler has been running for approximately two years.

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