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WalkBoston Boston 2015

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BENEFITING: WALKBOSTON

ORGANIZER: WALKBOSTON

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

Ryan Harnedy

THE STORY:

So I used to be really fat

Like seriously...fat. Not healthy (newly fat) not dumpy (fat but still shopping at the Gap) or husky (fat but you're talking to your Mom). 
At one point in college I was 240lbs. For those playing the home game that is 4 Golden Retrievers, 2 Horse jockeys or half a rhinoceros (or a quarter depending on the rhino).

Being unhealthy super sucks. I'm not talking about being big or having a large build I'm talking about eating 3 sandwiches for lunch, consuming Mountain Dew instead of water and counting walking up the escalator as "earning your dinner" (which was also 3 sandwiches but with a sundae because hey, treat yourself). 
So the summer after my junior year I decided to do something about it. I started to run. ok...jog...ok run a little and then walk most of the way. Then more running...followed by walking. Basically I would run as far as I could go and then walk back. I carried this little strategy throughout senior year, after graduation and into unemployment (It was 2007...recession...Gov degree...you know...)
Sidewalks saved me. Running and walking not only helped me get my weight under control but it kept me sane during those AWFUL months after graduation where you're sending out resumes for jobs you'll never get. I couldn't control that 200 people also applied for that temp admin job, I could control that every day I got outside and exercised. 

So when I learned that there was a charity that's looking to improve the way Bostonians used sidewalks I jumped at the chance to run the Boston marathon for them. WalkBoston seeks to improve Boston for walking and running. They help fix sidewalks, organize walks and runs and encourage people to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle: the step that gets them out of the house.
I'm running the Boston Marathon for WalkBoston and am raising money to help make Boston, and the entire state of Massachusetts a better place to walk and a better place to run.

For a little more info on WalkBoston and why I chose to run for them:

WalkBoston helps transform Massachusettsʼ communities into more walkable places and reintroduces people to walking as a convenient, healthy and low cost transportation choice. We advocate for public policies and decisions in transportation, land use and real estate development that produce pedestrian and runner--friendly built environments. Our advocacy benefits everyone, but especially those who depend on walking most – people with lower incomes, elders, children, people with disabilities, and transit users. 


WalkBoston was created out of the belief that every community in Massachusetts needs safe walking routes and programs to encourage walking.  With the alarming increase in adult and childhood obesity, public health officials are focusing increased attention on peoples’ lack of physical activity, as well as diets.  Efforts to get people walking are now a cornerstone of chronic disease prevention programs.

 

$5,038

MONEY RAISED
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  • Steve Brady

    $50

  • Detective John Kimble

    $125

  • Andrea and Sean Harnedy

    $50

  • Short 'E'

    $50

  • Sean Harnedy

    $50

  • Cornelius Hardenbergh

    $100

  • Debbi and Tony Deligianis

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $125

  • Santa

     

  • Emily Weisberg

     

  • Lyla Garrity

    $30

  • Mark Eaton

    $100

  • Gail E. Williams

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bryn Adler

    $75

  • Alissa

    $50

  • Laura LeClair

    $26

  • Sharon n Joe Bishop

    $20

  • Joel Samen

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Charlie Baker's Vest

    $50

  • Brendan Kearney

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $209

  • Sara Steele-Rogers

    $26

  • Wendy & Joel

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Keith Stocks

    $200

  • J.B. Wolcott II

     

  • Robert Durst

    $25

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101% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $28,404 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Handly

Amount Raised

$5,725

 

115% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dennis McGuire

Amount Raised

$5,562

 

111% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

J.B. Wolcott

Amount Raised

$5,445

 

109% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Harnedy

Amount Raised

$5,038

 

101% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth MeLampy

Amount Raised

$5,000

Fundraiser Title

Tony Chin

Amount Raised

$1,134

 

23% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Eric Russo

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Robert Durst

Robert Durst

DONATION: $25

B E V E R L E Y 3 years ago

J.B. Wolcott II

J.B. Wolcott II

Run strong, Ryan! Go WalkBoston! 3 years ago

Keith Stocks

Keith Stocks

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Wendy & Joel

Wendy & Joel

DONATION: $25

Ryan - Thank you so much for being part of the team and staying steady through your injury. We hope you are running again soon!! Wendy 3 years ago

Sara Steele-Rogers

Sara Steele-Rogers

DONATION: $26

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $209

3 years ago

Brendan Kearney

Brendan Kearney

DONATION: $20

for endurance. Endurance to weather training despite storms and the superheroes among us that send long, rambling emails. 3 years ago

Charlie Baker's Vest

Charlie Baker's Vest

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

3 years ago