The spirit of the Boston Marathon returns to Sacramento on Wednesday night.
A free fun run offered by the Sacramento Running Association on April 13 honors and celebrates the Boston race, which began in 1897 and is the world’s oldest annual marathon. It also pays tribute to the three victims who were killed and the more than 260 people who were injured by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
A 6 p.m. start is planned for the third annual event, which starts and finishes at Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar, 815 11th Street in Sacramento. The run will make two loops around the state Capitol.
The run is of SRA’s RUNdezvous series that helps bring together the local running community.
This year’s Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 18.
"We are excited to bring the local running community together again to celebrate the excitement surrounding the Boston Marathon, and to send off local runners heading to Boston in style," SRA Executive Director Scott Abbott said.
"The Boston Marathon is one of the world’s iconic sporting events that transcends the boundaries of just the sport of running. Similar to the Super Bowl, The Masters, the Kentucky Derby, and the Indianapolis 500, The Boston Marathon captures the imagination of the entire country every year on Patriot’s Day in Boston.
"Sacramento has one of the most passionate running communities, and our marathon, the CIM, is annually the top Boston Marathon qualifying race in the country, so it is exciting to bring so many people together that share a passion for the sport and this great tradition."
The run is sponsored by Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Fleet Feet Sports and adidas. A portion of the proceeds from Samuel Adams and adidas purchases at Blue Prynt will be donated to support the making of the Boston Marathon movie.
No registration is required.
The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.
SRA events include the Gold Rush 50k on May 14, the 34th annual California International Marathon on Dec. 4, the Super Sunday Run on Feb. 5 and the recently concluded Credit Union SACTOWN Run.