From N.O. to B.R.: A journey to show support for Boston Marathon victims

From N.O. to B.R.: A journey to show support for Boston Marathon victims
Photos by Krist Norsworthy/The Creole.
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:07pm

Recently, one Tulane medical student, Alex Bernadett, originally from the Boston area, watched along with the rest of the world while we viewed images of the horrors unfolding during the Boston Marathon. A time to gather and showcase the triumph of the human spirit soon turned to tragedy, and Bernadette felt close to the situation.

“The Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 left me stunned, angry and saddened. Watching the events unfold from New Orleans, I felt helpless. My dad completed the Boston Marathon seven times. Some of the earliest memories I have are of my older sister and me watching him run in Boston. For many years, we would stand near the finish line to see him complete his journey,” said Bernadett.

This young medical student came up with a plan. He wanted to help the victims of the Boston bombings by doing something that would honor them in a way that seemed fitting.

“I was in the middle of planning bike ride from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to attend the Tulane vs. LSU game on Wednesday, April 24. After the bombings, I decided it would be a more proper tribute to dedicate a 26.2 mile run, the length of the Boston Marathon, to the victims and their families. Thus, the Biathlon for Boston was born,” he said.

This morning at 7 a.m., Bernadett, along with two friends and fellow medical students, Brad Gillette and Taylor Peak, left from Fern Street in New Orleans for a 58.5 mile bike ride to the corner of Airline Hwy. and Hwy. 30 in Gonzales. From there, they set out at around 12:30 p.m. for a 26.2 mile run to Alex Box Stadium, heading down Hwy. 30 to the Nicholson Extension.

Bernadett decided to take this trip one step further by developing a fundraiser for the victims of the Boston bombings and their families. Supporters of this cause can make a donation to The One Fund by visiting http://www.onefundboston.org/.

Click here to read more about their journey.

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