For Frank Fumich, ultra marathon runner, each mile is full of meaning.
Frank Fumich, a 45-year-old small business owner from Arlington, Virginia, ran three consecutive marathons to fundraise for victims of the Boston Bombing tragedy. He wanted to run one marathon for each life lost on that fateful day in Boston.
After hearing the news about Boston, Fumich remembered his 3-year-old twins, who are always there to support him at the finish line.
“They come to my race finishes,” Fumich said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “When I saw the photo of the little boy” — 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest to die in the bombings — “it blew me away.”
Fumich set out to raise money for the Richard family, accepting online donations for running three marathons in one day. The website, managed by Matt Nelson of Florida, has received over $50,000 in donations so far.
“I thought if I ran three, that would be really tough and inspire everyone else to go out and do it and raise money for these folks,” Fumich said.
Fumich was right. People across the nation and around the world have set up their own fundraisers through the FirstGiving page he set up.
The run was set up and many others decided to join Fumich in his attempt to raise money. Fumich, ran on Saturday, April 20, at 2:50 p.m., the same time the first bomb went off in Boston.
He surpassed his initial goal of raising $26,000 for the injured victims of the Richard family and will be donating the extra funds to Jeff Bauman who lost both of his legs due to the bombings in Boston.