The 27th Mile

Boston Marathon MemorialThe course of the Boston Marathon changed on April 15, 2013. Not the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston, but the way in which people will think about the most celebrated road race in the world in the future. The events that occurred on Boylston Street at 2:49 pm that sunny afternoon will live on in the mind of runners, spectators, Bostonians, all of us, forever.

Boston Marathon Memorial BearOne week after the tragic event, Ray Charbonneau from Arlington, Massachusetts, contacted fellow-runners and writers with the idea to create an anthology to support the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon. In a matter of days, more than seventeen writers and runners volunteered their time and support for the project, including a past Boston Marathon champion, a New York Marathon winner, and a former Edgar Award winner. Others who have stepped forward include a copy editor, a cover designer, and the Endorphin Report has given permission to use and is also covering the cost of hosting the website. The lightening speed of this project was possible by the tireless efforts of author and runner, Ray Charbonneau.

One BostonIn only two weeks the idea for the anthology The 27th Mile became reality. The anthology will be a collection of essays and stories, fiction and nonfiction, with the common theme of running. Not all of the stories will be about the Boston Marathon, perhaps not about the marathon at all, but they will all be united by the passion we runners have to plod one foot in front of the other for endless miles.

All proceeds for the book will go to One Fund, established to raise money to help the families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Periodic updates about status of the anthology and publication date will appear at and Rite2Run. Share the word about The 27th Mile with family, friends, associates and acquaintances who would enjoy reading inspirational stories for a worthy cause.Philly Love


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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8 Responses to The 27th Mile

  1. What a fantastic idea! As a runner in this years 2013 marathon, I would love to help spread the word.


  2. LB says:

    I had not heard about this! Will definitely share!


  3. veggiereader says:

    This is how running is such a community sport and can bring people together. Will definitely spread the word.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Running, like cooking, walking, gardening and so many constructive endeavors, unites us. Thanks, your help spreading the word is greatly appreciated.


  4. Kristen R. says:

    This is great! I will definitely help spread the word. Thanks for sharing.


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