The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 17, 2013

Runners organize events for Red Cross in wake of Boston Marathon bombings

By B.J. Drye, Editor
CNHI News Service

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — The run/walk is 2.62 miles, small in comparrison to the 26.2 miles in a marathon.

But this run isn’t about competition, it’s about giving.

A small group came together Wednesday morning to raise funds for the American Red Cross in response to the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Three individuals donated $26.20 for the cause.

In addition to the group this morning, runners will gather again at 6:30 tonight at  Stanly County YMCA for the 2.62 mile course.

Donations will be accepted for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Red Cross used 450 pints of blood Tuesday, according to Peter Asciutto of Albemarle, who is state representative for the Road Runners Club of America.

“The Road Runners Club of America suggested that this would be a great organization to give to,” he said.

“It’s a good thing for the runners to get together and say that wasn’t right. The only way terrorism wins is if you alter your life because of it.

“Red Cross needs money for when disaster strikes.”

For more information, contact Vac & Dash at (704) 983-3274.