As a runner, Carson Hume said he felt a tugging to support and encourage the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. He had to do something. So the Dakota Ridge junior student-athlete did.
The events of that day left him and his family in shock. He talked with his dad, John, a little bit and came up with the idea to hold a fund-raiser. The only question was what. Maybe a benefit concert, but that didn’t seem like a good fit in such a short period of time. His attention turned toward running, specifically Dakota Ridge’s track team.
“My dad sent something out to the (Dakota Ridge track team) board asking if they’d be interested,” Hume said of setting up a fundraiser. “They said it was a go. The next day I talked to DR’s athletic director (Matt Heckel). He was the one that gave out all of the info and sent that out to tons of people.”
The Eagles’ track team is donating one dollar from every ticket sold at the April 20 Dakota Ridge Invitational at Jeffco Stadium. Tickets were $6 for adults and $4 for students, senior citizens and military personnel. There was also a donation jar for spectators to throw in additional money toward the cause.
Hume has never ran a marathon and has missed all of the 2013 track season with stress fractures, but he said the running community is a tight-knit community, be it here in Jefferson County or across the world. That’s why he had to help.
While there are options as to how to disburse the money, including One Fund Boston, Inc., at www
.onefundboston.org, Hume’s hope is to specifically help a family or victim affected by the incident.
“I know there are some charities set up that have all came out of the blue with the incident in Boston. I don’t doubt their legitimacy, but I’m uncomfortable sending something away that might end up in a black hole and nobody knows where it goes,” Hume said.
No specific family or victim has been chosen yet, Hume said, but he’d hoped to identify one soon.
Hume’s hope is to raise as much as $10,000 when it’s all said and done, but he realizes that is dependent on the generosity and support of others. Just more than $1,500 was raised on April 20.
Hume’s hopeful to include the 5A/4A Jeffco League championship meets as well as this year’s state championship meet — both at Jeffco Stadium — as possible times when patrons could donate money.
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