Apr 23, 2013 1:49 AM by Sean Mooney

Big turnout for Fleet Feet "Run For Boston"

Tucson- With federal charges now filed against the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in the Boston Marathon bombings the healing process goes on.
Across the country people are reaching out doing what they can to show their support for the victims and their families.

Right here in Tucson the Fleet Feet running store sponsored a fundraiser called "Run For Boston".

The store that has connections to several people who ran in the Boston Marathon and the owners wanted to do something to help. The run/walk was actually a national effort put together by independent running store owners across the country. Owner Jeanne Snell says that even before all the stores came together a local effort was already underway, "Our customers really asked us to lead and host something where they could come together and share with each other their thoughts and feelings about what had happened."

They came out by the hundreds on Monday night to show support for the victims and their families. But for Amy Dowe it was deeply personal with her friend, Rosann Sdoia, horrifically injured in the Boston bombings, "My best friend from Boston, where I am originally from, was severely injured in the attack,"said Dowe, "she was placed by the second bombing and has lost her right leg from above the knee and has gone through 3 surgeries so far."

Fleet Feet owner, Pete Snell, says they were overwhelmed by the turnout. the entry was free and they raised money by selling t-shirts for $20. They didn't last long, "We had over 540 people", Snell said, "all told we raised over 10-thousand dollars and that is staggering. We live in a wonderful community here in Tucson and everybody wants to help, everybody is in this together."

The owners of Fleet Feet have ordered more "Run for Boston" t-shirts. If you are intersted in making a donation and getting a t-shirt they can be purchased at Fleet Feet, at 7301 E. Tanque Rd.

100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of the Boston bombings and their families.


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