Ipswich: Two10degrees tracks Boston bombing charity run

Lucy Finlayson and Richard Prodger of two10degrees with Joe Dunn of Ninja Tracking, standing,

Lucy Finlayson and Richard Prodger of two10degrees with Joe Dunn of Ninja Tracking, standing, - Credit: Archant

Suffolk-based technology company Two10degrees’ Global Alerting Platform (GAP) is being used to track a 3,300 mile non-stop running relay across the United States.

The epic event is being organised by a trio of running enthusiasts from the UK who wanted to show their support for Boston following the bombing of the city’s marathon on April 15.

One Run For Boston started from Venice Beach,Los Angeles on Friday, June 7, and is scheduled to reach Boston on Sunday, June 30.

Hundreds of runners from across the USA will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock through four separate time zones, passing a specially designed baton between them. Two10degrees, based at Little Blakenham, near Ipswich, will be tracking the run throughout, with the help of a GPS Ninja Tracking device fitted to the baton which will update its location every 15 minutes via GAP.

“One Run For Boston is a chance for runners to come together and show solidarity in a really dynamic way” said organiser Kate Treleaven.

“It’s a chance to be part of something remarkable, to demonstrate the strength of human spirit and send a powerful message of support to the city of Boston and those whose lives were changed on April 15.”

By collecting donations from each of the participating runners, the relay is raising money for The One Fund Boston, set up by the Mayor of Boston to assist the victims and families most seriously affected by the bombings.

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The One Run For Boston team recently confirmed that donations made by runners who sign up to run in Oklahoma will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund set up in the wake of the recent devastating tornado.

The relay will travel through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and finally, Massachusetts.

The 3,300 mile route has been divided into 319 separate stages. Runners signed up to run via the One Run For Boston Website (www.onerunforboston.org).