Relay Runners Run to Boston for Charity

A wet rainy day wasn’t going to stop the ‘Run Now Relay’ as they trek north form Cleveland, Tennessee to Boston, Massachusetts. They ran through Charlottesville today and were able to stop and talk about how they felt about the race.

Donny Bennett completed his leg of the race with his granddaughter Maggie. He knows there are victims affected by the bombings that can no longer run, and that helps motivate him.

"When I think of a child like my granddaughter, who loves life and you can see by all of her smiles that she loves life, we hope to bring some happiness and joy to children in Boston."

Three of the twenty six runners will be running in the Boston Marathon on the 21st. Johnny Clemons, also known as Johnny Marathon, is really doing his part to help the relay.

“"Tomorrow's gonna be a challenging one, I'm gonna be putting in over 50 miles in one day so it’s not just marathons. Sometimes I'm doing the ultra-stuff too” he said after mentioning ingesting over 10,000 calories in one sitting.

He’s already ran over 70 miles in the past three days, with plans to run over 50 miles tomorrow. Johnny can relate well to some of the victims at Boston, and knows that it could have been him.

"It’s special because we care about the people in Boston, and I've been there to Boston. This is my third time going there; my wife’s been on the finish line with my kids waiting for me to come in. We just happened to not go there that year"

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