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Athletes Gather In Santa Monica For Boston Marathon Memorial Run

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15:  Runners react near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: Runners react near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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textalerts180 Athletes Gather In Santa Monica For Boston Marathon Memorial Run

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — About 50 local runners Monday gathered for an early morning jog to honor those injured in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Nike’s “#StrongerEveryRun” program will donate $1 for every mile tracked to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with physical challenges get involved in sports.

CAF has directly supported marathon survivors by giving out grants for equipment such as handcycles, carbon fiber running feet and mentor placement.

The run began at 6:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier.

For those who could not, anyone can pledge miles ran through the Nike+Running App.

Up to $150,000 in combined efforts will go directly to support Boston Marathon survivors and others in the area.

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