ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Frank Fumich is a take action kind of guy. He and his wife Chelsea, their Great Dane Winston and their adorable 3-year-old twin girls live in Arlington.
But much of the time, Frank is running. He's an ultra distance runner and will run about two marathons a month. After the bombings, he knew he had to do something.
"I thought how easily that could have been Chelsea and the girls waiting at the finish line. And that happened to them. So I just wanted to honor them and raise money at the same time," said Fumich.
He and Chelsea were particularly saddened by the death of little Martin Richard.
Frank got on hisFacebook page and discovered many of his runner friends also wanted to do something. He decided to plan a run and set a goal of raising $26,200, for the 26.2 miles of a marathon, and deliver it to Martin Richard's family. But the run would be the equivalent of 3 marathons.
"Three people were killed in the initial blast. Now, hey, three marathons, now that would be tough no matter how good of shape I'm in," said Fumich.
He mapped out a course along the Mt. Vernon trail. A buddy ran with him the whole way and other friends ran for parts of it. They started Saturday afternoon.
"We started at 2:50 p.m. which was the same time the first bomb went off so that our suffering would kind of coincide with when the victims began. We finished 10 something the next morning. Ran through the night," said Fumich.
Tuesday afternoon he far surpassed his goal and reached $34,000.
He plans to give the additional money raised to Jeff Bauman, the young man who was standing by the first bomb and has his leg blown off. Bauman was there watching his girlfriend run the Boston.
It's not the first time Fumich has jumped in to help people after a tragedy. After Hurricane Sandy, he asked his Facebook friends to collect food, water and supplies for the victims. He filled up a 26-foot truck and with a friend, drove it to the devastated areas in New Jersey.
But Fumich is most amazed at all the money that keeps coming and from all the people who've been motivated to help. People who don't even run are signing up to run for Boston.