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Jefferson Medical Student Sells "Run for Boston" Racing Bibs for the Broad Street

(PHILADELPHIA) - Ryan Smith, a second-year student at Jefferson Medical College and former Bostonian, has organized a fundraiser for victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. He is selling $5 bibs for the Broad Street Run emblazoned with the slogan Run for Boston for runners to wear during the Broad Street Run. The bibs are available at City Sports, at 1608 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Smith graduated from Boston’s Tufts University and stayed in the city to work at Children's Hospital. He went on to run in the Boston Marathon in 2010, a transformative experience for him.

“Before that marathon I’d never run more than three miles. I was offered the very last spot on Team Brigham, and I had to commit to raise $3,500 for charity just to get on the team. But I did it, and raised $4,200. In training for the marathon, I lost 50 lbs. And it turns out that the team I ran on helped fund the health clinic where I worked, and where I decided to become a doctor.”

"I hold the marathon very close to my heart, and many of my friends were running or watching on Monday during the bombing. I wanted to do something to commemorate the tragic events that took place at this year’s Boston Marathon and raise money for the One Fund set up to help the victims. With the Broad Street run coming up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for the city of Philadelphia and the Jefferson medical community to show our support of those in Boston.”

Students from Thomas Jefferson University will be volunteering their time to sell the bibs, and a list of available dates and times for pick up will be posted on the Facebook group when it is finalized.

Smith is asking for a $5 donation for each bib and all of the money raised will be donated to the victims through the One Fund. Bibs will be sold at City Sports (1608 Walnut Street) during the week leading up to the Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 5th. Bibs also may be sold at the Broad Street Expo. Updates can be found at www.facebook.com/runforbostonbib

Special thanks goes to City Sports Philadelphia and The Student Affairs Deans of Jefferson Medical College for their generous donation and support in this effort. Generous donations have also been contributed by Phi Alpha Sigma medical fraternity. The bibs are being produced at the lowest cost possible courtesy of Athlete Race Numbers, based in New Jersey. AB+C Design of Wilmington, DE, kindly donated the final version of the logo for the bib.

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