By Owen Boss
A Charlestown man is among the 72 runners who will run the 118th Boston Marathon as a member of TeamMR8, a group raising money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
John Conforti, of Charlestown, has been selected to represent the Foundation.
Each runner is provided with a personal fundraising page, powered by firstgiving.
The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed at the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people – Peace” went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin Richard’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence.
Bill and Denise Richard determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. Details of which will be made available soon on this website.
The foundation was formed on Jan. 2, 2014.