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Brett Runs for Boston

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Donations dedicated to victims' families of the Boston marathon bombings--are nearing 21 million, 700 thousand dollars.

The tragedy has clearly touched people from all over the world, including here in North Dakota.

One man is gearing up for the Fargo marathon with a little extra motivation.

As runners near and far train for the biggest marathon in the state, Brett Huelsman is going for more than a personal best when he runs the half marathon in Fargo.

" I am very competitive, I want to do better than I did five years ago, I want 28-year-old Brett to beat 23-year-old Brett but more than anything, I really am thinking about what happened, why I'm doing this and how much outreach I could have, if I could put a lot of effort into this." says Brett Huelsman, Brett Runs for Boston.

His added motivation--is knowing that he's running for a cause.

" Now with this fundraiser I am more motivated, I'm thinking about it when I'm running, I'm thinking about people will be tracking my results, following what I'm doing." he says.

Brett runs for Boston-- is a page he started through youcaring.com.

People can donate to his cause, with all proceeds going to the One Fund Boston, a charity to benefit victims of the tragedy.

" Not only is it tragic in the human sense, but also in the sense that we need to preserve sports because of all the camaraderie, friendships, teamwork that come out of it." says Huelsman.

The new home specialist with Red Door Homes is building up support in more ways than one.

"If they can't afford to give me a donation, just saying good job, or showing up to the race in Fargo and cheering me on, that counts too." says Huelsman.

With weeks left to train in what's been less than ideal spring running conditions, his overall goal is keeping him on course.

"I definitely think this time when I cross the finish line, it's going to mean a little bit more to me, because of the cause I'm running for and also because of the challenge I've put in front of myself and also my friends and family, and regardless of how much I earn or for the--it's just going to be an awesome feeling to cross that finish line and know that I actually put myself out there to help people out." says Huelsman.

If you'd like to cheer on "Brett runs for Boston" with all proceeds going to "One Fund Boston":

Click this link: http://www.youcaring.com/other/brett-runs-for-boston/53792

The Fargo marathon is May 18th.

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