April 15, 2013 is a day that one Mustang family will never forget.
As Diana and Tom Love were in Boston to support their son, Nick Seymour, in the Boston Marathon, they experienced one of the worst attacks in the United States in recent years.
"We were at the finish line and we decided to walk away for about 15 minutes to get some coffee at a store and we didn’t hear it happen, but then people started to tell us what happened," Diana said. "When we saw the footage of the bombing, we felt horrible for those that were still there and who were injured."
Fortunately, Tom and Diana along with their son and his wife and child were safe from the tragedy.
With the anniversary of the tragedy approaching, the couple will partake in a special relay that will make its way through Mustang on March 29.
The One Run for Boston cross-country relay, which raised $91,000 for the One Fund Boston to help the victims of the bombing, started on Sunday, March 16 in Los Angeles and made its 3,300 mile route to Boston.
The route is divided into 336 stages across 14 states with most stages being around 10 miles long with some up to 22 miles. Each stage can accommodate up to 25 runners.
Tom Love is signed up to run Stage #149 of the relay from Minco to the intersection of State Highway 152 and Banner Road in Mustang on March 29 at 10:40 a.m.
"The 2013 One Run for Boston helped me with the healing process by allowing me to do something about overcoming that helpless feeling by doing something," Tom said. "Then organizers Danny and Kate made sure our entry fees stayed in Oklahoma to help with recovery after the May 20, 2013 storms and that also helped so many victims of those storms."
There are still several stages open that need to be filled along State Highway 152 west of Minco. There is also the opportunity to run the Oklahoma City Group stage from the Oklahoma River to the Oklahoma Memorial on March 29 at approximately 5 p.m.
Diana Love will be running that stage again this year.
"Our whole family is a family of runners so this is very special to us," Diana said.
Interested runners can sign up to run one or more stages of the relay via the event website at www.onerunforboston.org.
Once registered, each runner is given their own online fundraising page which enables them to collect sponsorship for the One Fund Boston.
So far, more than 1,380 runners have signed up to run and between them they have raised over $200,000. Supporters may follow the relay via a live tracker map, photo gallery and blog.
Three friends from England, Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and James Hay, are the driving force behind the relay which was first organized in June 2013 in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
"We wanted to do something to help those impacted by the blasts," Bent said.
"We had no idea if the relay would work, let alone take off in the extraordinary way that it did."
Over 2,000 runners took part in One Run For Boston last year, some travelling hundreds of miles from their home states to take part. They kept the baton moving around the clock through scorching deserts, lightning storms and torrential rain.
This year’s relay started in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday, March 16.
It is scheduled to reach Boston on Sunday, April 13, two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Organizers of the relay have been overwhelmed by the response they have received from those injured in the bombings, many of whom have expressed a wish to be involved in the event.