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April 20, 2013

Run for Salem family set for Monday

The North Shore running community will come together Monday night to support one of its own in the best way it knows how — by going for a run.

Runners will gather at the New England Running Company in Beverly for a three-mile run to honor the Woolfenden family of Salem.

Stephen Woolfenden, 38, and his young son, Leo, were injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon while watching for Amber Woolfenden, Stephen’s wife and the boy’s mother, to cross the finish line.

Amber is a member of the Wicked Running Club in Salem and part of the North Shore’s “tight-knit” running community, said Wes Lassen, general manager at the New England Running Club.

The three-mile jaunt — 11/2 miles north on Route 1A to Wenham, and then back to Beverly — is an informal “fun run” to gather and show support for the Woolfendens, he said.

Runners will meet at the New England Running Company, 43 Enon St., in the Commodore Plaza on Route 1A in North Beverly, at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

For those who want to make donations, they will be collected for a fund set up for the family at the Salem Five bank. The run is open to anyone, runners both slow and fast, said Lassen, and a donation is not required.

Organizing the run was “a natural thing,” said Lassen.

“It’s a tight-knit (running) community, and this is an easy way to give back,” he said.

The Woolfendens have not spoken publicly since the marathon, but released a statement this week thanking the first responders, medical personnel and others who have provided them support and care since Monday.

“The medical community and hospital staffs in this city are beyond compare, and we are grateful for the excellent care provided to our loved ones,” they said. “Our thoughts remain with the fellow victims and their families during this difficult time.”

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