About 2,000 runners relayed across the nation in March to raise money for the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, and this weekend those who headed up the 3,328-mile run will present a hefty check to the One Fund Boston.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the organizers of One Run For Boston 2 will return to Copley Square to hand a $455,000 check to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for the One Fund.
"It's a perfect excuse to all get together and celebrate the huge communal achievement earlier this year and to chat with some of the inspirational survivors," said organizers on their Facebook event page.
The Boston Strong Ducks, a volunteer group that has been instrumental in helping with fundraising events to aid in the wake of the terror attack, helped organize the One Run.
"Being part of One Run for Boston is life changing. To see thousands of people joining together from all over the world is amazing," said Ducks Founder Lori Tosches, of Milford. "Knowing the money is going to help the survivors of the Boston marathon bombings feels really good. The Boston Strong Duck project is all about being kind and helping others."
Tosches said the Boston strong Ducks was started to keep the spirit of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the three killed in the attack, alive.
"The focus has been to show the good in people and help the survivors," said Tosches. "Organizing the finish line and the survivors to actually cross the marathon finish line that night was one of the moments that make you cry and laugh at the same time. It was life changing for the survivors and me. I thought it was all about the donations but it really wasn't. It was helping the survivors move on just a little. I still have goosebumps."
The One Fund was set up immediately following the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured 263 others.
Some of those injured lost limbs, and have required costly rehabilitation and prosthetics.