ODU Employee Joins One Run for Boston

Sam Ridenour


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) employee, Samuel Ridenour will participate in One Run for Boston, a 3,300-mile, nonstop-running relay from Venice Beach, Calif. to Boston, Mass. The event is being organized by three running enthusiasts from England, Kate Treleaven, Danny Bent and Jamie Hay, to show support for the city of Boston following the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. 

Ridenour, who is the science lab coordinator at ODU, will start running a 10-mile stage at 11 a.m., June 25, as the relay passes through Licking County. Other runners are welcome to join Ridenour on his route, which follows U.S. Route 40 from Etna, through Kirkersville, to Hebron. Participants’ donations will go to The One Fund Boston, which was set up by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to assist the victims and families affected by the bombings. 

“Running in the Boston Marathon has been a dream of mine since I started running about 10 years ago,” Ridenour said. “I may never be one of the fast runners who qualify and have the opportunity to run at Boston, but I will always be a part of the community affected by the bombings. My biggest supporter is my wife, and when I saw the bombs go off at the finish line, I knew that the people who were hit the hardest were those family members who had been supporting their loved ones. This is an awesome opportunity to show support for our running family both financially and publicly.” 

One Run for Boston will kick off at 10 a.m., June 7, from Venice Beach and is scheduled to reach Boston on June 30. 

Hundreds of runners from across the United States are expected to participate and keep the relay going around-the-clock through 14 states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Runners may sign up to run a stage at the One Run for Boston Web site at www.onerunforboston.org. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.