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Ultra-marathoners run from D.C. to Boston for bombing victims

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The group that has been dubbed the "ultra-marathoners" completed their more than 400-mile journey Saturday in their effort to raise money for the family of Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard and Jeff Bauman.

The group began their trek at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. last Tuesday and ran over 400 miles in the heat and humidity all the way to Boston.

Matt Nelson and Frank Fumich finally crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon Saturday afternoon.

"I'm still in shock, we've been thinking about this moment for a month now you know you come up with an idea and it snowballs into something so fast, it's hard to fathom," said Fumich.

Fumich came up with the idea for the journey the morning after the bombings. He asked his running buddy Matt to join him. He posted the idea on Facebook to receive donations for the victims of the bombings and word quickly spread. A total of 800 people from 20 different countries contributed.

The men surpassed their goal of raising $26,000 and soon reached $65,000. They decided to donate the extra money to Jeff Bauman, whose photo and story struck them so deeply.

The group says they wanted to deliver checks directly to Bauman and the Richard family without having to "jump through any hoops." They originally planned to fly up and do it until Frank suggested they run there.

"The first thing I thought was, man, they're insane," said Bauman's girlfriend, Erin Hurley. "I can't imagine running that far."

Hurley ran part of the rout with Matt and Frank Saturday. She says she and Jeff are overwhelmed by their generosity and support.

"I know he was really excited when I told him I was going to be doing this today and we're going to welcome them into our home anytime," Hurley told FOX 25.

The ultra-marathoners tell FOX 25 they couldn't have made the run possible without social media. They say 90-percent of their donations came from spreading the word on Facebook.

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