Spartan Death Race Participant and Ultra Marathon Runner Complete a 450 Mile Run to Raise Money for Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

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Spartan Death Racer Frank Fumich and ultra-runner Matt Nelson hand deliver funds raised for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing after running nearly 450 miles from Virginia to Massachusetts.

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On June 21, obstacle racing series Spartan Race discusses Frank Fumich and Matt Nelson’s 450 mile run from Virginia to Massachusetts to deliver $81,100 raised to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The duo organized a fundraiser to support the Richard family, who tragically lost their son Martin, and Jeff Bauman, a runner who was seriously injured in the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, April 15, 2013.

According to the Spartan blog, Nelson and Fumich’s run “was marred by high temps, heavy traffic, and some issues with navigation and added mileage. Fumich, no stranger to ultra events, admitted that this event was brutal and grueling for the five days it took to complete,” even with their previous marathon and obstacle racing experience. Their trek ended at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where Larry Marchese, a representative of Martin Richard’s family, and Erin Hurley, the girlfriend of Bauman, greeted them. They then went to a family barbecue where they met both Bauman and Carlos Arredondo, the man who helped Bauman after he was injured in the blast.

Fumich reflected on the long journey to Boston and said, “I…want to say a sincere thank you to all my friends, acquaintances, and total strangers who reached out and sent such nice comments, posts, and messages throughout our journey!”

Spartan Race CEO and co-founder Joe De Sena comments on the fundraiser. “We are proud to see these two athletes use their abilities to help a greater cause. Frank Fumich and Matt Nelson should be applauded for their efforts.”

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit

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