WHATCOM ­— A running relay that is the equivalent of 74 marathons from the Canadian border to the Mexican border took off from Peace Arch State Park in Blaine at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 6.

  The Be Supportive Relay-Border to Border is raising money for Healthcare Heroes who have been at the forefront of the global COVID-19 pandemic fight.

  The grassroots fundraiser for healthcare workers in need was organized by marathoners Steve Fink and Bob Gally. The goal is to raise $50,000 by the finish on June 24. Nearly 100 marathon runners are participating. The running is around the clock.

  The effort takes inspiration from the story of Meaghan Jayne Trivette, of Swedish Hospital in Seattle, which is told on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/donate/725819698162141/ 731956307548480/.

  “All money raised during this event will go directly to healthcare workers in need, those who are affiliated with the runners, their friends and families and the healthcare facilities they pass by,” said Steve Fink, one of the founders of Be Supportive. “We are asking the runners, their families, friends and the healthcare facilities to help us identify these individuals.” Go to the Facebook page to do this.