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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, left, embraces Danny Bent, right, one of the organizers of the One Run for Boston, as the relay presented a check for more than $455,000 to benefit the One Fund Boston. / Alan Scherer

One of the organizers of an historic relay run to raise money for those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing presented a check Saturday to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh for more than $455,000.

The funds raised by 2,000 runners who carried a baton 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week across 14 states from Santa Monica, Calif., to Boston back in April will go toward the One Fund Boston. The charity announced last year by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former Boston mayor Thomas Menino benefits survivors and families of the victims of the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed a little boy and two women.

The 2014 relay ?? the second since the marathon bombing ?? came to a dramatic end one week before the first Boston Marathon since the blasts, with survivors, including one amputee, together walking the baton to the finish at the marathon finish line on Boylston Street.

Danny Bent, one of the three organizers who hail from the United Kingdom, presented the gigantic check to Walsh. Bent has been in Boston in recent months and in the fall, will ride a bike through Iran to raise awareness about that country.

"Watching the survivors at our finish line witnessing 1,000 runners turn onto Boylston Street with 50 meters to go is a memory that will last in all of our memories forever," Bent said. "One Run was a truly magical experience and is a symbol of the true spirit of the running community, and humanity as a whole."

Bent and friends Kate Treleaven and James Hay planned the relay from their homes in England with the help of a mapping website and social media communications with running clubs in the United States.

Walsh could not be reached through his press office Monday evening, but he did tweet out a photo on Saturday of him with the One Run founder and runners holding up the giant check.

"Thank you to @OneRunForBoston for your generous donation to the @OneFundBoston!" he tweeted.

Bent and the other organizers are discussing whether to hold another One Run for Boston in 2015.



Copyright 2014USAToday

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