British trio organizes ‘One Run’ across the U.S. to raise money for Boston’s One Fund

Brits Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay are organizing a nation-wide running relay across the United States.
Brits Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay are organizing a nation-wide running relay across the United States.

Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay were hunkered in their rural home in Devon, England last month, listening to a radio broadcast of the Boston Marathon when news broke of the brutal bombings.

“Everything went silent,” said Bent. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We have to do something.’”

And do something they did. In three weeks, more than 1,000 runners from across the nation will join together for One Run for Boston, a 3,000-mile run across 14 states, to raise money for the One Fund.

It will be the first ever nonstop running relay across America, and will culminate with the final passing of a baton in Boston.

The three-week relay kicks off June 7 in Los Angeles, and is slated to end June 30. The group run will be broken up into 300 stages.

Each runner makes a contribution to The One Fund Boston via their $50 entry fee. So far, the event has raked in $3,000, but the trio is hoping to raise as much as $300,000 by the end of the relay.

According to Bent, small businesses and media outlets have started to take notice, and are surprised to hear the British accent on the other side of the phone.

“They quite appreciate the British angle, and that people on other side of the world are really interested in helping out,” said Bent, 34. “It’s always quite charming when they hear our accents. Kate’s got a very lovely accent. People ask, ‘Are you in LA?’ or ‘Are you in Boston?’ but really we live in a tiny little quirky village in Devon.”

It will be the first trip to the U.S. for Hay, 22, who chuckled when asked about the run’s resemblance to fictional film character Forrest Gump.

“We Tweeted (Tom Hanks). We haven’t heard back; still waiting for a response,” said Hay, adding the trio would “love to get Tom Hanks on the run.”

The route of One Run for Boston.
The route of One Run for Boston.

The lengthy relay starts in Venice Beach, then heads through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and finally, Massachusetts.

New Mexico’s dry terrain is one of the most concerning, Bent said.

“We’re focusing on New Mexico. We haven’t managed to engage people there yet. There is a lot of desert,” he said.

The race will be split up into 300 hundred stages – the shortest stint is three miles and the longest is 26. Massachusetts’ stages are each five miles long. There is a limit of 25 runners per stage. Organizers will follow behind the runners by car.

“We were initially expecting 1,000 runners, but the response that we’ve gotten in Boston and the surrounding area has been so positive, we’re thinking that number could increase,” Bent said.

More information is available on the group’s Facebook page, One Run for Boston.

This Saturday, a running event with a similar name will bring together thousands of Boston-area runners, who plan to finish the final mile of the Boston Marathon.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

National

Missouri man charged with sexually torturing five women

A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

The Word

Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton fight over a…

Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, both members of famous families and natives of the reality boom of the early aughts, should be great friends. And yet.

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.