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One Run for Boston completes at marathon finish line

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The One Run for Boston wrapped up Sunday evening with an estimated 2,000 runners crossing the finish line after a 3,000-mile relay to benefit Boston Marathon bombings survivors.

The run, which began on March 16 in Santa Monica, Calif., was put on to bring the running community together and to raise money for the One Fund.

The journey took runners across deserts, cities, towns and in some precarious situations.

"We've been through a tornado, we got chased by coyotes, a black bear kind of ran across the path in front of a whole load of our runners. It's been pretty wild," one runner said.

When the runners crossed the finish line in Copley Square, they were joined by survivors. One survivor, John Odom, suffered serious injuries that left his left leg paralyzed from the knee down. That didn't stop him from starting the relay in his home state of California 4 weeks ago.

"Going through the healing process, I'm always one who looks forward, go forward, don't think about what happened in the past. And I wanted to be here for the city, for the people here in Boston," Odom said.

Organizers have raised more than $400,000 for survivors along the way. Their goal was $500,000 and said that people can still donate.

One runner said that the journey taught them a valuable lesson.

"The overriding thing is just how amazingly positive human kind can be and to have that grow from something so tragic is pretty great," the runner said.

The victims were honored and runners were thanked in a rally at Copley Square after the relay finished.

"You get goosebumps. I don't feel like I deserved to cross that finish line but just the meaning behind it, it’s a very special moment," Amanda Hughes, a runner from Arizona said.

"It's tremendous but I can't say I'm surprised because people have been going above and beyond what I ever imagined to support people who were hurt last year at the bombings," said survivor Heather Abbott.

Runners ran in stages of seven to 20 miles, with group stages in major cities and stopping at places like the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.


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