National relay to pass through area

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A local marathon enthusiast is in charge of a local stage of the charitable One Run for Boston cross-country relay.

Rick Myers, who ran 13 marathons last year, is the lead runner of Stage 214 of the relay that will begin at 11:10 p.m. on April 3 at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City and continue on U.S. Route 40 for 11 miles to Interstate Drive in St. Elmo.

From there, Charles Rubright will take over as the lead runner for the next 13 miles, ending at Putnam Trucking in Funkhouser.

The 3,300-mile relay began on Sunday at the Santa Monica Pier in California, and it will go through 13 states before ending on April 13 in Boston, two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The goal of the relay is to raise at least $1 million for the One Boston Fund (https://secure.onefundboston.org).

For those interested in running in Myers’ stage, more information can be obtained at http://www.onerunforboston.org/stage/214/, and for those interested in running in Rubright’s stage, more information can be obtained at http://www.onerunforboston.org/stage/215/.

One Run for Boston was created following last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and 264 injured on the afternoon on April 15, 2013.

In June 2013, three individuals from England organized the first relay, which had more than 2,000 participants and raised $91,000.

Sponsors of the relay are: Toyota, Gatorade, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Plymouth University and True Runner.