By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG — A Manhattan resident finished work in New York City at 4 p.m. Thursday, then drove 250 miles to Middleburg, where she slipped into jogging shoes for a 9.5-mile trek to Selinsgrove to benefit One Run for Boston.
Boston Marathoner Laura Rinck, 28, formerly of Selinsgrove, was thrilled to be back in the Valley, and even more so to be able to help victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.
“I feel more emotionally involved in this,” Rinck said.
“This” is One Run for Boston, the first nonstop running relay across the United States. The event to raise money for victims of the bombings began June 7 in Los Angeles.
A federal grand jury Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
“This is something that is very special to me and I wanted to be part of this special and historic event,” said Rinck, a 2003 Selinsgrove Area High graduate who ran a 3:44.06 in Boston.
“I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it.”
In three weeks, the One Run for Boston relay will travel more than 3,000 miles through 15 states. Runners nationwide will sprint day and night to get the One Run for Boston baton back to Boston.
Participants on Thursday traveled through Lewistown and entered McClure around 8:55 p.m.
Jesse Greenawalt, of Lewisburg, and Joe Mentrikoski were to run along Route 522 from McClure to Beavertown, which is about 8.5 miles.
Next, Denya Burris, 25, of Middleburg, a Line Mountain High teacher, Cathy Ryan, of Harrisburg, Candy Hoffman, of Evandale, and Julie Mitchell, of Selinsgrove, were to run Route 522 to Quarry Road and on to Paxtonville Road for the 8.5-mile stretch between Beavertown and Middleburg.
Rinck, Chris Monasmith, Pamela Pam, Corey Losch, David Rodriguez, Nicole Markle and Adam Yagel, of Selinsgrove, were to pick up the baton and run 9.5 miles from the Family Practice Center, in Middleburg, on Route 522 to Selinsgrove Ford on Routes 11-15.
Brent Kametz, of Middleburg, Barry Schaub and Mark Sullivan will start from Selinsgrove Ford and jog Routes 11-15 to Route 61 through Sunbury and will end in Stonington, where several other runners will receive the baton and continue to Bear Gap and Ashland.
“I just started running a year and half a go,” Burris said. “I saw this event on Facebook and saw it went right through Snyder County and it supported the victims so I knew I had to be involved.”
The event has raised more than $75,000 so far.