On: How to help victims of the Boston Marathon attacks

The unspeakable events during the 2013 Boston Marathon has sent shockwaves through our strong running community. While there are fewer moments in life more vulnerable than the moment before crossing the finish line of a marathon, the prestigious Boston Marathon held greater importance. Runners trained hard to qualify for Boston, and some traveled great distances to be able to run in this race. The fact that someone stole that moment from runners and the people that attended to support them is senseless. But, our community is a strong one. We are a band of people with great heart, and that will be what carries all of us through. There are ways to help from near and far, so beyond wearing our race shirts, let us support the victims of this event.

 Provide any information you might have: Witnesses or those who may have information should call the Boston Police Department (1-800-494-8477). If you have any visual images such as photos or video, or other information that could shed light on the event, call the FBI’s hotline (1-800-CALL-FBI —prompt #3).

Offer housing to someone who is displaced: Google set up a helpful Doc page to organize housing for runners or visitors in town for the Boston Marathon who require an immediate place to stay.


Schedule a time to donate blood in the future: American Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego told NBC news that scheduling a time in the future to donate blood would be the best way to get involved, as there is enough blood to treat victims right now.

Donate Money:You can contribute to The Red Cross disaster fund. Click here for more information: http://rdcrss.org/PSpvi2

The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/Zunx9D

Let us take this opportunity to show gratitude for our health, the joy of running, the people who support us every race, and let us keep all of Boston in our thoughts.

Make your day great,





About runningyourbody

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Pilates instructor, and runner with celiac disease. I am passionate about educating people on running, pilates, and women’s health topics. I am trained in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pre and post partum impairments. In my free time I can be found anywhere outside. I enjoy training for races with friends, cooking gluten free meals, and traveling with my husband. My goal is to share information with you in a lighthearted and enjoyable forum. I am always contributing fun and interesting posts on my blog. Feel free to check it out @ https://runningyourbody.wordpress.com/
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2 Responses to On: How to help victims of the Boston Marathon attacks

  1. Megan Franks says:

    Great post Amanda!

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