CLEVELAND, TV (WDEF-TV) Twenty-six runners are on a journey to remember, honor, and support those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing that happened almost a year ago.
The journey began in Cleveland Tennessee early Saturday morning and they will end in Boston, Massachusetts to deliver a $50,000 check to victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings
They will travel more than one thousand and seventy-five miles. Each member will travel around a marathon, which is about 26.2 miles.
The mileage takes a back seat to the Cleveland community pulling together to support their friends in Boston.
A spouse of a runner, Cassie Williams, is proud of her husband’s commitment.
“I couldn't ask for a better group of people to represent us too,” said Williams. “Since we can't actually go they're sort of representing our whole community."
A group of men and women who are not only representing their individual community but the entire volunteer state and that had one runner full of emotions.
"Being from Tennessee and being from the Volunteer State, it's very touching, very moving,” said runner Nikki Thomas.
As they prepared to begin their marathon relay, the community of Cleveland came to support their friends and family members on this quest to help those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing.
"I think it shows a solidarity of runners across the county,” said Williams.
People who support their family members, like Teresa Green, are proud to be associated with this cause.
"I think it's amazing what they’re doing because I couldn't do it,” said Green.
The runners all have their own personal cause for why they run this race. Runner, John Clemons, gets his motivation from a high power.
I felt like the lord has called me to do this and it's a mission trip,” said Clemons.
Others get their motivation by remembering how the Boston Marathon runners were affected that tragic day in April.
As this 8 day, 1 thousand plus mile journey to Boston marches on, there will be much for them all to think about.