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Charlottesville 5K Run to Benefit Boston, Victims

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

April 20, 2013

The Charlottesville Sports and Social Club organized a run for the city of Boston and the victims of the marathon bombings on Monday -- a run to pay tribute to the lives lost and the ones impacted just hours after the bombing suspect was taken into custody.

Joni Lane has lived in Charlottesville for about three years now. She doesn't call herself a runner, but on Saturday morning, she woke up and ran five miles.

"I was like, 'You know what, I love my city. I can do this,'" Lane said, wearing her Boston Red Sox hat and shirt.

It was all for the city of Boston and the people who will never run or walk ever again.

"I was just thinking about the people who are injured and the poor people who had their legs taken away from them," Lane said.

Miles away from the terror that struck during the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Charlottesville Sports and Social Club decided to join other sports and social clubs around the nation to benefit Boston and donate to the One Fund Boston charity.

"Although there's not a whole lot we can do from a far, this is just one small thing we can do to give back. It was really simple and it makes it a lot easier when you just see all the energy from the people beforehand," said Angie Hasemann of C'Ville Sports and Social.

Joni's family and friends live in Boston, and she has cousins who were in lockdown in Watertown on Friday. She says she's grateful to know they're safe and that finally, the second suspect was found.

"It's a big sigh of relief. It's kind of an exhale of like, you know now we can work on recovering. They messed with the wrong city. Boston's in my blood. It really hit home," Lane said.

More than $600 was raised that goes to One Fund Boston charity that benefits the victims.

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