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Springfield Man Challenges Community to Honor Boston Marathon Victims This Weekend

Rob Patton
Photo Courtesy of Robert Patton

In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, numerous tributes have poured in to the victims, coming from President Barack Obama, sports teams, and everyday individuals. One Ozarks man is determined to make a tribute of his own, and what started as an individual thought has now grown to a nationwide idea. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more. 

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Rob Patton, a junior at Missouri State University, came up with the idea of “Run 4 3.”

“I realized that there [were] three people that wouldn’t be able to run anymore. So I made it a point for myself to run three races this particular weekend to memorialize those three lives.”

What started as a personal goal soon became much bigger as Patton began inviting local running clubs to join him in his Run 4 3 tribute, and the response has been overwhelming.

“I got a great response. I got the running club in Jeff City, Kansas City, St. Louis…there’s a lot in Springfield, even down in Conway, the Conway runners have sent me back messages saying that they were going to do it too.”

Patton says he has even received messages from two runners in Boston who said they will also “Run 4 3” this weekend.

Personally, Patton will be participating in three runs that benefit children: Run 4 a Kid 5K, Lean Green Running Machine, and the Autos in April 5K. Patton says these runs have a special connection as one of the marathon victims was eight-year-old Martin Richard.

Patton encourages all runners in the Ozarks to get out and run at least once this weekend. He has also set up a website so runners can send him photos of their participation in Run 4 3. The Run 4 3 challenge goes from now until April 22nd. For a link to the Run 4 3 Facebook page, click here.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.