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London Marathon set to raise $100,000 for Boston fund

18 April 2013

The Virgin London Marathon has announced today that it will donate £2 for every finisher in Sunday's race to The One Fund Boston set up to raise money for victims of the explosions there earlier this week.

The race organisers estimate that around 35,500 people will cross the line on Sunday meaning at least £70,000 - more than US$100,000 - is likely to be raised for the fund.

The London Marathon has also sent a link to the Boston fundraising page to all its runners, encouraging them to make their own donations. The One Fund website is: www.onefundboston.org.

Virgin London Marathon Race Director Hugh Brasher said: "Everyone connected with the London Marathon was shocked by the terrible events in Boston, and we are keen to show our support to the victims' families and our friends in the running community there.

"As soon as we heard about The One Fund Boston we decided to make a donation. Our pledge to give £2 for every finisher at the 2013 Virgin London Marathon seemed an appropriate and fitting way to make our contribution."

Tom Grilk, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, expressed his thanks for the London Marathon's support.

"It was the City of Boston that was attacked this week, and we are deeply gratified that the citizens of Boston are receiving so many displays of support," he said. "We remember the Star Spangled Banner being played at the Changing of the Guard after 9/11.

"We will remember what the runners in London and the organisers of the Virgin London Marathon are doing on Sunday. On behalf of everyone, thank you."

For more information contact the Virgin London Marathon press office: 020 7265 1126

For more information about The One Boston Fund go to: www.onefundboston.org