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 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.”
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.)