The Martin Richard Foundation hosts 4th annual MR8K race in Boston on Saturday – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – The memory of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, was very strong on Saturday in the city’s Boston Landing neighborhood. This is where hundreds of runners covered eight kilometers, raised money and tried to stay warm.

This was the fourth annual MR8K, which takes its name and inspiration from Richard, an eight-year-old boy from Dorchester who was killed on Boylston Street in the bombing.

As the runners left the icy start line at Boston Landing, a former Bruins tough guy found himself thinking about Martin and the Richard family, who stood up for peace and kindness.

“The family has done so much to get involved in the community, and I think of them a lot,” said Adam McQuaid, who spent nine seasons with the B’s.

Runners at the start of the race. (WBZ-TV)

This 8K has become the main fundraiser of the Martin Richard Foundation, which promotes sportsmanship, inclusion and justice.

“It was awesome. I mean it was awesome having people on the course and cheering you on all the time,” said runner Millie Paladino. “Just everyone who came together for that. , it was awesome. ”

Paul Veneto, who made headlines for pushing the same beverage cart from Boston to New York on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to honor the other flight attendants killed that day, was there. It wasn’t long before he marveled at the young boy’s legacy.

“This little boy was eight years old and he was inspiring people,” Veneto said.

WBZ-TV’s David Wade and Lisa Hughes were also among those who made the ride.

Registration fees of approximately 1,000 runners will help fund community groups that encourage young people to learn, grow and lead, a mission that has become the life’s work of the Richard family.

“My heart went out to them and still does,” McQuaid said. “And supporting them again a day like today still means a lot.”

Saturday’s race was a five-mile loop that started and ended in Boston Landing, in the shadow of the Bruins’ training area and New Balance headquarters.

Both are sponsors of the Martin Richard Foundation.

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