BENEFITING: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
ORGANIZER: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
My name is Kruti Vora, and I am a senior attending Harvard College from Wayland, MA. I am so happy to announce that I will be running the 2017 Boston Marathon with the Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) to raise money for the Phillips Brooks House Association to help fund the annual Summer Urban Program which provides education and enrichment programming for hundreds of underserved youth in the Greater Boston area every summer.
WHY AM I RUNNING?
I fell in love with running at the beginning of college. While I started running to stay in shape, I kept running to explore more of Boston and Cambridge while running along the Charles River or weaving through Boston Commons. During the summer of 2015, I lived along the banks of Lake Geneva for two months, where I ran through vineyards while the lake's pristine waters led to a stunning view of the Alps. I was hooked.
Although I've had the opportunity to run all around the world, as a local of Wayland, MA, the Boston Marathon has always had a special place in my heart. The route crosses Framingham, Natick, Wellesley and Newton, all towns that shaped my childhood, before ultimately ending up in downtown Boston. As a capstone of my senior year in college, I can't imagine a better way to commemorate the city that has shaped who I am. On the road to Boston 2017, I will mentally and physically challenge myself more than ever before to come out stronger on the other side.
I am especially excited to be running Boston 2017 for the Phillips Brooks House Association, an organization which has helped me grow and mature so much throughout my college years. PBHA runs 80+ volunteer organizations on Harvard's campus including advocacy groups (e.g. Student Labor Action Movement), youth mentoring groups (e.g. South Boston Big Sib), afterschool tutoring services (e.g. Mission Hill Afterschool Program), and adult services (e.g. Alzheimer's Buddies). In addition to these term-time programs, PBHA also offers the Summer Urban Program for Greater Boston underserved youth every summer.
I joined PBHA during my freshman fall in 2013 and have since been a mentor and co-director of South Boston Big Sib, student science teacher for 1st-3rd graders with ExperiMentors, and PBHA's Mentoring Program Group Officer, overseeing PBHA's 14 youth mentoring programs.
Serving children in underserved communities through these programs, I have gotten to see firsthand just what a difference PBHA's support and programming has in expanding the available resources to ultimately improve kids' overall lives. I assure you that any donation made towards PBHA is going to an incredible cause with an enormous impact for our youth participants.
WHO AM I RUNNING WITH?
Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) is an organized group of Harvard students, employees, and alums that raises money, through running, to benefit the health, education, and welfare of Boston-area youth and families. Your donation to HCMC will benefit the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Summer Urban Program (SUP). PBHA SUP delivers educational and enrichment programming to underserved youth throughout the Greater Boston area. Since its inception in 2005-06, HCMC runners have raised over $620,000 for causes such as PBHA SUP. Thanks for your generosity, no matter how large or how small!