Boston Strong wristbands to benefit bombing victims

Boston Strong wristbands to benefit bombing victims

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take to the streets of Cleveland on May 19th and runners and supporters of the race now have a way to support the victims of the Boston bombing tragedy.   Cleveland Marathon organizers along with race officials in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are making available blue wristbands, inscribed in yellow with Boston Strong.

It's a contribution of any amount, we want people to wear them on race day, we want them to wear them on race weekend," said Jack Staph, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon executive director.

The wristbands will be available starting May 17th, at the Marathon Expo at the IX Center and all the proceeds will be donated to, One Fund Boston, {} which in turn helps families affected by the Boston bombings.

Staph says there are 22,000 people registered to participate in Marathon weekend, events range from Saturdays 5k, and the kids race, and then on Sunday, the marathon, the half marathon and the 10k.

Staph said, "There's been some very strong emails and phone calls from supporters who want to come out and show we're not afraid to run in the streets, they want to do something for themselves, for the city of Cleveland and also for the Boston victims."

Following the race weekend the wristbands are expected to be available on the race web site,

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