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Runners pledge Boston support in Middle Tennessee

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Many runners at next week's Country Music Marathon have an added purpose: to help those who weren't able to cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon.

A symbolic movement called "Finish Together, Finish for Boston" is meant to help runners in Boston complete their race.

The social media campaign urges runners to join hands as they cross the finish line at the Country Music Marathon.

The 26.4.26 Foundation, a local group founded after the Sandy Hook shooting, is helping raise money for the people in Boston.

Runners can pick up an "Angel card" at Nashville Running Company, and they are asked to donate a dollar for every mile they plan to run at the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon.

All money will go to the families who lost loved ones in the Boston bombings.

Several other local communities and running groups are organizing other walks and runs to raise money for the victims:

  • The "Run to Support Boston" is set for Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 a.m. at Centennial Park near the Visitors Center. The Nashville Striders will collect donations for designated relief funds to support Boston victims. Participants will run about 6.5 miles and are asked to wear Boston Marathon gear if they have any.
  • A national running group called "Black Girls Run! For Boston" is urging people to run 26.2 minutes, 2.62 miles or 26.2 miles and to post photos to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter of themselves wearing a race shirt or a race bib with #BGR4Boston, which is available for download at http://www.blackgirlsrun.com/bgr4boston.
  • Fleet Feet Sports Murfreesboro will take donations at its store (544 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro) through April 25. All proceeds will go directly to the Boston Athletic Association to help victims and their families. For more information, visit: http://www.fleetfeetmurfreesboro.com/events/boro-for-boston.

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