Monday was a typical day for Chris Kane.
The co-anchor of WJBF-TV’s Good Morning Augusta, Kane returned home in the early afternoon, turned on the TV and started watching the golf movie Tin Cup. All was well until a co-worker sent a text, asking about his local running friends in the Boston Marathon.
After learning about the bombings, Kane scrambled to check the status of the Augusta contingent. Later in the day, he got on Facebook and noticed several runners decided out of respect not to run that evening.
“I didn’t think that was the right thing to do,” he said, organizing an impromptu 2.5-mile run that evening. “I thought we should do the opposite.”
Kane and Heather DiCicco are helping to organize a run Saturday to assist those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The Triple 8 running group is holding the 2.5 Run for Boston. The group meets at 8 a.m. every Saturday morning during the Augusta Market season at Eighth and Reynolds streets and runs 8 miles. This Saturday, Triple 8 has shortened the distance to commemorate the time (2:50 p.m.) the bombings occurred Monday.
The run (or walk) is open to everyone, and there’s no registration fee. Wrist bands and headbands will be available for a donation, which will go to One Fund Boston – the fund will aid families affected by the bombings.
“It’s a totally legit deal,” Kane said. “We’re not keeping any of the money.”
After a 30-minute ceremony, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline will start the race. The runners will finish to patriotic music.
DiCicco, who ran her first marathon in October with friend Maryanna Thornton, said the bombings left her unsettled, especially as a runner and mother of two. She immediately wanted to do something to help and called Kane.
“The main thing is to do something to help them up there in Boston,” DiCicco said. “And it’s also therapy for us.”
The run – all off road – starts at Riverwalk, with runners heading to the boat landing, turning around and taking the top of Riverwalk to 13th Street. There, they will run down Reynolds Street to the finish at Eighth Street.