Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) (Source: sinema.house.gov)
BOSTON (CBS5) -
U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is among 72 people nationwide selected to run on a charity team at this year's Boston Marathon.
The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, Team MR8, is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation formed by the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed at the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
Martin's father, Bill Richard, said the team was established to honor his son's message of peace.
"While the pain of that day will forever be with us, our hope is that this special event becomes a source of strength for our family and a means to make a difference in the world," Bill Richard said.
The foundation is accepting additional applications on a rolling basis from runners who are already registered to run the 2014 Boston Marathon, and who wish to support the foundation. In accepting their place on Team MR8, these runners have pledged to raise funds that will power the foundation's mission and growth.
The team was selected after the Richard family issued an open call for applications on Jan. 6 to runners wishing to support the charity who either already had, or needed a number to run in this year's Boston Marathon.
Candidates had until Jan. 17 to complete the 11-page application. By the deadline, more than 250 applications had come in.
The team includes personal friends and total strangers, teachers and coaches, first responders, doctors and nurses, journalists, entrepreneurs, CEOs, a member of Congress and two wounded warriors.
The foundation received applications from more than 35 states, as well as from Europe, Asia and South America.
The team members announced Thursday are comprised of 31 women and 41 men. Fifty members come from Massachusetts, with the other 22 coming from 15 different states. Fourteen members come from the Richard's Dorchester neighborhood, and another six are from neighboring South Boston.
The average age of the runners is 39, with the youngest being 18 and the most senior being 65 years of age.
Visit www.TeamMR8.org to support any of Team MR8's runners, or to learn more about the team and the foundation.
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