Thank you #BostonStrongColumbus

Official event w black border THANK YOU

Monday’s event, #BostonStrongColumbus, held in support of the 2013 Boston Marathon victims, spectators, friends, volunteers, first responders-  all of us impacted by this tragedy – the people of Boston and our country. I am proud to be a part of Columbus, the running family and the #BostonStrongCity movement put on by Brian at Over 90 cities participated, including Paris, France with groups of runners from five to 2,000. You are truly part of something special for the people of Boston.  

Thank you to: Each and every one of you who came to the run in a show of solidarity for Boston; Brian at Pavement Runner for hosting this global event; Kris at No Limits Running for co-hosting #BostonStrongColumbus with me, John Cox 2008 Boston Marathoner for leading our run; Max Muscle of Hilliard, Ohio for donating funds to provide supplies/snacks and a generous donation to The One Fund – Boston; Panera Bread in Grove City for making 100 bagels fresh within a few hours on a moment’s notice; and WSYX ABC  6 News and Tom Bosco for providing live streaming and coverage of the event (we had several runners who weren’t able to make it to the park, but ran in solidarity with us from their homes). See the links to visit these people places and show your appreciation too.

To watch the news segment of #BostonStrongColumbus, visit HERE.

If you would like to make a personal donation to the official charity for the Boston bombings, please visit The One Fund – Boston.

If you have photos or personal comments or stories from the event, please visit Pavement Runner to share your stories and photos.  Brian is planning on compiling photos from all of the events, gathering quotes and emotions and putting them in a digital format (free) for all of us to see and experience. If you would like to be notified when it is live, please visit his post and let him know per the instructions there.

I am thinking of something creative/memorable to do with our sign. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.

Columbus is #BostonStrong. Thank you. 

Faces of run collage SW

SW collage with PR graphic Love Strong Boston


SW Collage 1 with route

sign and bib collage SW


bib with city collage SW



Until the next mile marker,


Special shubeez to show support for Boston, ALL proceeds donated to The One Fund Boston

We all want to do something in light of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The effects and heartbreak are far-reaching – beyond runners and athletes, beyond us – many lives have been torn to shreds since the events that took place at the Finish Line on Monday. Many of us are running in solidarity one week later and many of us are donating what we can, when we can to help in whatever way we can. Now there is a Special shubeez to show support for Boston!

This goes beyond running, as author Mark Mathews stated on his blog.

“The real tragedy of the event is those who have suffered permanent impairments from the bombing, and especially those who lost their life. Not runners. If only we could always keep that image of the 8 year old boy with the infectious smile and the sign reading “Stop hurting people. Peace.” The reason we run sometimes is to get to our loved ones at the finish. To see our family with new eyes. This is what the Bombing was about, families and lives torn apart. That is felt by all of us.”

-Mark Matthews

I, like many of you reading this blog, are part of the running community and while this isn’t exclusively about running, we do want to show our support as runners, for runners. Runners are strong, united, compassionate individuals and when tragedy strikes, we get out and run – to show support, to show love and to face and ultimately defeat the anger or grief that sometimes surges through our very souls.

Shubeez is offering a special shubeez shoe tag in support of the victims in Boston and beyond.

Boston shubeez

Boston shubeez

Runner or not, we all wear shoes at some point so wear these shubeez every time you lace up in honor of the city, participants, bystanders, heroes and victims of this day and may we always be reminded that you cannot break the will of a runner or the spirit of a community. This is what it means to be Boston strong.

100% percent of the proceeds will be donated to The One Fund Boston, an organization founded to help those most affected by the tragedy.

Order your Special shubeez to show support for Boston HERE.

Lace Up. Get Active. Give Back. It’s what we do

These are presale only and will ship by July, so order soon. You get two shubeez for $9.99. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GO BACK TO BOSTON.

Two shubeez shoe tags for $9.99

Two shubeez shoe tags for $9.99

One of Two shubeez in this special!

One of Two shubeez in this special!

Not only will all profits from the sales of this design be donated back to The One Fund, but as a shubeez affiliate, I have personally committed to the victims, to my friends at shubeez and to my readers to donate all of my earnings from ANY shubeez sale as an affiliate to The One Fund Boston for the remainder of 2013. So, now more than ever, if you purchase shubeez please select WORDS TO RUN BY from the drop down Partnership menu (don’t need to on the Boston sale because it is all being donated) upon checkout to ensure a donation will be made.

Until the next mile marker,



We’ve been horrified, saddened and outraged by the recent events at the Boston Marathon. We’ve posted about it, shared about it, cried with one another about it and celebrated with those who were there because running in Boston is quite the achievement no matter how you look at it. And now, more than ever, it is time for us not only as individuals, but as a running community, to be strong. My fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Pavement Runner has taken the initiative to organize a global event one week after the Boston bombings: #BostonStrong<city>. If you are in Central Ohio, please join us for #BostonStrongColumbus.

I want us to run…together.

I’m organizing a global event: #BostonStrong<city>

A run for us to unite and show our strength.
A run for those that were unable to finish.
A run for those that may never run again.
A run for us to try and make sense of the tragedy that has forever changed something we love.


I, along with my friend Kris of No Limits Running, have taken the initiative to host and organize #BostonStrongColumbus. 

Official event w black border

Details will evolve over the next few days as things develop, but here are the basics:

Location: Bicentennial Park, Columbus
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Distance: 2-4 miles run/walk
Facebook Event Page: RSVP here.

You can also add it to your race calendar on dailymile.

Use the hash to spread the word: #BostonStrongColumbus or #BostonStrong<city>

If you are in the Columbus are, come join us on Monday and show how strong the running community is. If you are not in the area, find fellow runners in your community and see if they would be interested in running some miles together. Help spread the word and let’s show the world our strength, our determination, our LOVE for Boston and that we are BOSTON STRONG.

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If you want to get your city involved, visit Pavement Runner for a complete event listing.

Until the next mile marker,