Runners get ready in Venice Beach, California for the first leg of the cross country run. (Photo from @OneRunForBoston/Twitter)
BOSTON (CBS)- A cross-country relay is underway to raise money for the One Fund. The first leg of One Run For BostonOne Run For Boston kicked off Friday morning.
The idea was conceived by Englishman Danny Bent.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports
Bent, who lives in Devinshire, England, came up with the idea with two of his friends to support the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Bent was watching TV with friends on April 15th when he first came up with the idea.
“They told us about what had happened in Boston and everything kind if went quiet in the room and we just kind of looked at each other and we just thought we have to do something and we kind of though even a check wasn’t enough,” he said.
Bent says he had no idea what he was doing, admitting his knowledge of the U.S. is limited.
“I’ve got a friend in San Francisco and another friend in New York and that’s about all the experience we’ve had with the U.S., so we had to plan this whole route and break it down into sections,” he said.
Regardless of his knowledge, about 1,000 runners from around the world have signed up to run so far. Volunteers have also stepped forward to help with airfare and lodging.
The run has raised $40,000, and Bent is hoping it will raise even more.