WEIRTON - Trishelle Himmelrick of Weirton and Alana Coleman of Moon Township, Pa., will run part of One Run For Boston, a 3,300 mile non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston.
Himmelrick and Coleman will run stage 249 - 11 miles - from Steubenville, Ohio, to Eldersville, Pa., June 26.
Hundreds of runners will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock through 14 states and four time zones, passing a specially designed baton between them. Supporters will be able to follow their progress online thanks to a GPS tracking device fitted to the baton which will update its location every 15 minutes.
The relay will travel through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It started Venice Beach June 7 and will finish in Boston June 30.
The 3,300 mile route was divided into 319 separate stages. Most stages are around ten miles with a few as long as 26 miles and some group stages in large cities just five miles. Runners can sign up to run a stage via the One Run For Boston Website at www.onerunforboston.org.
It was organized by Kate Treleaven, Danny Bent and Jamie Hay of England.
"When the news from Boston reached us on April 15, we were completely stunned," said Danny Bent. "It took a little while to digest what had happened, but we each reacted in exactly the same way - we just knew we had to do something."
The group also has organized a 9,000-mile bike ride from London to India and a 8,000 mile, non-stop running relay around the British Isles which took eight weeks and involved 2,000 runners.
"One Run For Boston is a chance for runners to come together and show solidarity in a really dynamic way," said Kate Treleaven. "It's a chance to be part of something remarkable, to demonstrate the strength of human spirit and send a powerful message of support to the city of Boston and those whose lives were changed on April 15."
By collecting donations from each of the participating runners, the relay is raising money for The One Fund Boston, set to assist the victims and families most seriously affected by the bombings. Donations made by runners who sign up to run in Oklahoma will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund set up in the wake of last month's tornado.