Recently, I received a phone call from a 72 year old woman calling on behalf of her best friend. They wanted to run the Boston Marathon but one did not have a bib, the other did. As this woman, Mariana Phipps spoke of her best friend Ann Medeiros, I could her the anguish in her voice about what this meant to the both of them to run this year. Let's help them get to the starting line together. I know your enthusiasm and those of the people along the course will get them to the finish line.
This is Ann's story.
By Ann Medieros
"My desire to do one last marathon in my 72nd year stems around my son moving to Hopkinton from Marlborough. In June 2015. This would be my 7th in a row running with my best friend and running partner, Mariana Phipps. We wanted to go out in great fashion in our 70's. We always run together, very competitive but generally very supportive of each other. I did not qualify, had issues with breathing in 2015, I have an inhaler that helps me now. Other than that I am very, very healthy. I have so many running friends who are decades younger that say "I am an inspiration, "That they are going to go home and tell Grandma, That when they get older they hope they are still running like me" etc, etc, Also as I pass runners they ask "if they can ask my age?" Having told of that, I want to run my last marathon in Boston with my best friend, Mariana Phipps (Who did qualify) who is 71 years old.
I have a nephew and his wife that qualified in Pittsburgh that will also go to Hopkinton at my son's house to run the Boston. I want to join them. I am also sending a picture of myself and Mariana at the 2014 marathon. I am the silver haired runner on the left , 25231 Bib. We did not qualify there but I went on to qualify in South Dakota marathon. I worry about the $$$$$, I am a widow, belong to small church, I do not work and live in rural Nebraska, but do belong to Running club who are trying to obtain finances for me. "
Pretty impressive and inspirational these 2 "young" ladies. It's about friendship and teamwork. Go the EXTRA MILE for TEAM SILVER FOX.
I'm asking you to be on their team. I hope you will help me help Ann and Mariana get to the starting line. They have to raise $5,000 for the Alpha Omega Council which has generously provided this opportunity. I think this non profit is very fitting as it provides opportunities for young people through scholarships and mentorship as well as donates the wreaths to the Boston Athletic Association for the winners of the Boston Marathon. The Wreath Ceremony: Each year since 1984, the Greek Consulate has offered to the Boston Athletic Association the wreaths, cut from olive trees on the plains of Marathon, Greece, to be used to crown the Boston Marathon winners.”The tradition of the awarding of olive wreaths dates back into mythological pre- history, having been introduced by Heracles as the prize for the running race winner, to honor his father Zeus at the first Ancient Olympic Games. These wreaths are grown, cut, and hand-crafted in Greece, transmitting Classical Greece’s tradition of crowning its victors with olive wreaths to Boston, the “Athens of America”.
Thank you for all you do.
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