Spartan Death Racer Frank Fumich and ultra-runner Matt Nelson who had set out to run from Arlington, VA to Boston, MA to hand deliver funds raised for Boston victims has ended and the nearly 450 miles have been run in alternating marathons by the duo. Their feat, which was marred by high temps, heavy traffic, and some issues with navigation and added mileage. Fumich, no stranger to ultra events admitted that this event was brutal and grueling for the five days it took to complete. The run was planned after Fumich and Nelson organized a fundraiser to support the Richard family who tragically lost their son Martin and Jeff Bauman, who was injured in the two blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Fumich, Hurley, and Nelson

Fumich and Nelson gained a lot of notoriety for their inspired run and their story was featured prominently in a variety of media outlets, gaining the following of friends, family and even strangers of the organizers of the run. The effort was not without mishaps including unforeseen detours and delays that forced crew members jumping in and completing some of the mileage so that the run could stay on time and on track.

The final marathon would be completed by both runners and their crew and would follow the Boston Marathon course, ending at the not infamous finish line. The group was met by Erin Hurley, girlfriend of Jeff Bauman who was injured while waiting at the finish line to meet her when he lost both legs in the bomb blasts.

The Washington Post reports, At the finish line, they were greeted by Larry Marchese, a representative of the family of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy killed by the blasts. Fumich and Nelson had targeted the Richard family, and then Bauman, as the beneficiaries of their runs.

“They are absolutely in awe of what you have accomplished,” Marchese told them, WCVB reported, “and especially in this weather so thank you guys so much on behalf of the Richard family.”

Fumich meeting Jeff Bauman

It was also reported that after they finished, they went to a family barbecue where they met both Bauman and Carlos Arredondo, who leapt into action after the bombings and was seen assisting Bauman in the same photo.

Once the mileage was complete, Fumich was reflective of the distance, the cause, and the outpouring of support and interest in his effort.  He was all thanks after driving back to Virginia from Boston saying, “I also want to say a sincere thank you to all my friends, acquaintances, and total strangers who reached out and sent such nice comments, posts, and messages throughout our journey!

I received dozens and dozens of them and was just TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by the nice things people had to say and how much they were thinking about us and pulling for us…and many brought tears to my eyes!”

The duo have raised over $81,100 for the charity. Find out more about the run and the cause by clicking HERE.

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(Photos courtesy of Frank Fumich.)

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Frank Fumich, (Spartan Death Racer) and Matt Nelson, two ultra-athletes, will run 450 miles non-stop from the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial to the Boston Marathon finish line. The 10 state route runs through the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, DC Monuments, Baltimore Harbor, Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Newark, Manhattan/Ground Zero/ Central Park in NYC, Connecticut, and finishing with the Boston Marathon course. The 24/7, 5 day run started Tuesday, May 28th, at 6:00 am EST, and is estimated to end Saturday, June 1st, 12:00 p.m.  They are currently in New York City and Fumich has finished out his fifth marathon.

“104.8 miles DONE!” says Fumich in an update. “My combined time running is about 21 hours and I’m working on about 6 hours of sleep since Monday. I’ve been trying to figure out what day it is for the last 5 minutes and I just can’t think straight…but apparently I couldn’t think straight before, because I came up with this idea in the first place! Ha Wow!

The idea was born after Nelson and Fumich witnessed the devestation of the bombings.  “After what we saw happen in Boston, Frank and I knew we had to show the world that the running community is a resilient, loving, and giving family. The truth is, I started The Endurance Trust back in 2005 on that premise.” says Nelson.  ”As athletes, we’re passionate about the causes we run for. We’re encouraging every runner to participate on our run to Boston. Join us for a block, join us for a day. We won’t turn family away.”

Having raised over $52,000 toward their original goal of $26,200, Fumich and Nelson have announced a new goal of $78,600, to be completed by the time they finish their run. The initial $52,000 was raised through a 78.6 mile, triple-marathon fundraiser, done using the online peer-to-peer fundraising platform, FirstGiving.

In order to complete the 450 mile run, Frank and Matt will alternate marathons. While one runs, the other will rest. The two will be escorted by local and State Police along the route from DC, Maryland, and all the way into Boston and carry a GPS device to provide live, location updates. In solidarity, local Bostonians plan to welcome the two by running the last 5K along their side.  Once in Boston, the pair will personally present checks to victims of the bombing attacks.  Follow the Twitter Chatter #DC2BOS

To learn more about their epic journey and to donate to the cause, please visit their page HERE.  We’ll update you as to their progress.

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