TrySports in south Charlotte is joining Americans from across the country in reaching out to people injured in the two explosions Monday, April 15, at the Boston Marathon.
The store’s two south Charlotte locations – at 721 Governor Morrison St. and 9816 Rea Road – will both host 2.62-mile run/walk events on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. The distance is derived from the 26.2 miles in a marathon.
There is no cost to take part in the event, though donations will be accepted. Funds raised will benefit victims of the terrorist attack and their families.
“Our view is that there was a tragic event, there were hundreds of people who were injured and there were people who were killed,” said Hal Smith, the TrySports spokesperson. “… The Boston Marathon is the oldest and most respected symbol of running and healthy fit activity in the country and we want to help support – not only because of the running standpoint, but we would like to show our support for the entire community in Boston.”
The Boston Marathon has been taking place since 1897, and is the third Monday every April. According to Smith, Boston officials say the marathon will continue to take place despite the explosions near the finish line during this year’s event.
“We want to do all that we can do to help recover,” Smith said. “We understand that Boston is going to do the marathon again. We think it’s an important tradition.”
All donations from the fundraiser will be given to The One Fund Boston, a fund set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help people affected by the explosions. The fund received more than $7 million in donations in the first 24 hours.
TrySports leaders haven’t set a goal for their event, though hundreds have already signed up for the run/walk. The company also will hold the event at their other locations in Mount Pleasant and Wilmington.
In addition to the donations collected, TrySports will donate 26.2 percent of all sales on Monday to The One Fund Boston.
“We are taking the entire company’s sales for that day and we are going to give 26.2 percent of the sales that day and that is going to be donated along with the contributions” from Monday, Smith said.
Only a week following the events in Boston, Smith said he and other members of TrySports felt it was important to begin raising money to help those in need right away while the tragedy is still fresh on everyone’s minds
With three people dead and more than 170 injured, every donation will help in some way. Smith hopes all of the community will come together and help show Boston they have a support system here in Charlotte.
“Anything we can do, we wanted to do. And we wanted to show it right away, because we felt it was more important to do it now when people are feeling the effects of the tragic event,” he said.
Anyone who can’t attend the TrySports fundraiser but still wants to donate to help the Boston community can donate directly to The One Fund Boston by going to www.onefundboston.org.
For more information about the run/walk for Boston hosted by TrySports go to www.trysports.com/article/view/runwalkforboston.