One week ago, tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon finish line when two bombs exploded and changed the lives of thousands. Through the fear and grief though, is strength in numbers. The fitness community is a tough one, and people are coming out of the woodwork from every part of the world to lend a helping hand. Here, a few of our favorite initiatives:
Boston Strong Necklace, Erica Sara Designs
Featured in our March running guide, Erica Sara Designs delivers high-quality, personalized jewelry for every occasion, but the designer (ahem: Erica) behind the business loves to help those in need whenever she finds a few spare minutes. A runner herself, there's no way she could sit back and watch the tragedy unfold without figuring out a way to help.
Enter the Boston Strong necklace. For the month of April, 100 percent of the proceeds made from the purchase of this necklace will go directly to The One Fund. Same goes for the Every Mile Counts necklace. Furthermore, The One Fund is now a part of ESD's awareness program for April, so if you purchase a piece from the Awareness Collection, simply choose The One Fund as your choice of charity, and 20 percent of the net proceeds will be donated at the end of the month. Now's the time to get that commemorative bling you've always wanted.
A global event started by the blogger behind Pavement Runner, runners from around the world will unite with those in their city tonight to dedicate miles. More than 2,500 participants in 80 cities are already joining the movement, and you should too. The plan is simple: run 1 mile, 5 miles or 26.2 miles - however many you want - "to demonstrate love of the sport and most importantly love for the fallen and the wounded."
Here in NYC? Meet captain Abby Bales from Run Stronger Every Day in Central Park at Tavern on the Green at 6:30p.m. There will be a walking and running group, and participants are asked to wear a race shirt, bib, or blue and yellow (Boston's colors). There will also be T-shirts sold for $20, and all proceeds go to The One Fund.
To find out where your city will meet, click here.
Tribute Wristlets, Run Now
Awareness bracelets still catch eyes, and this one sporting Boston's colors is sure to be an attention-grabber. All proceeds benefit The One Fund, and at $1.99 per wristlet, Run Now hopes to raise $1 million by National Running Day on June 5. Companies like Brooks, Map My Fitness and Run Rock 'n' Roll are all a part of the effort. After you buy a bracelet, tweet why running is so important to you using the hashtag #runnow.
Want more reason to keep running? Run Now is also pledging free race entries to 4,500 Boston Marathon participants who were diverted prior to reaching the finish line.
#BostonStrong Lace Medallion, Saucony
Show your support on your sneaks when it's time to hit the pavement. Soon Saucony will be selling the #BostonStrong Lace Medallion, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The One Fund Boston. Visit their website and sign up for their pre-sale email notification to get yours first.
More about The One Fund Boston, Inc.:
Following the Boston Marathon bombings, The One Fund Boston was formed and announced by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino. The purpose of the fund is to raise money and help those families most affected. The One Fund acts as a central fund to receive the much-needed support. Visit the website for more information.
Now you tell us: How are you getting involved? Is there an org you love that's giving back?