BENEFITING: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
In 1988, I ran my first Boston Marathon with the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA, at the time it was actually called the American Medical Joggers Association).
This year, in 2015, I will again be running the Boston Marathon with the AMAA in what will be my overall 27th, and my 21st consecutive Boston.
While I am proud of this accomplishment, I am very aware of how lucky I am. I suspect many of you also feel fortunate to not only be healthy enough to participate in similar events, but also to have adopted a lifestyle of activity and healthful living.
Not everyone is so fortunate, and the time to start down a path of lifelong health is as a child. The AMAA Youth Fitness Fund is a charity committed to providing these opportunities for children, and I am proud to be running Boston this year to raise money towards their efforts.
* > 30 % children ages 6 to 11 are overweight
* 15 percent are obese
* 60% ages 9 to 13 don't participate in sports or other coached physical activities outside of school.
* These overweight and unfit children are more likely to remain unhealthy in adulthood with an increased risk for developing diabetes and heart disease
* AMAA works to deter youth obesity in the U.S. and promote higher levels of physical activity for school-age youth.
* Sponsors national RUN A MILE DAYS, www.runamile.org held annually in May. Supports distribution of free materials such as the 8-week walk/run training schedule and posters, and help with onsite activities during the week-long event.
* Hosts an annual cross-country championship for middle school through high school students, now in its 8th year with over 500 participants
* Efforts to increase the number of grass-roots youth running events nationwide.
If you are reading this, I know that you understand how important this race is to me for many reasons. It has become an annual return to Boston where I spent 10 years going to medical school, residency, and started my dermatology career, and a chance to reunite with old friends. It has become a celebration for my family. My mom and dad have watched the race. I have seen Hailey grow up cheering at the race. Over the years I have seen countless friends running on the course or as spectators who I can still see and remember as I tick off the miles. In 2013, Lynn, Rayne, Finley, Hailey and our dear friend David were at the finish line directly across the street from the second bomb. Hailey very eloquently expressed her experience in a short essay that was published online: (paste link into browser)http://www.myfoxla.com/story/22027234/a-story-from-the-finish-line-of-the-boston-marathon . While the innocence of the marathon was shaken that day, the resolve of runners, spectators, and indeed all of us, has been confirmed since.
This year I am excited as ever to be running and look forward to a great race experience.
While $5000.00 is the minimum that the AMAA Youth Fitness Fund expects, my personal fundraising goal is to be one of the top fundraisers.
Please help me achieve these goals and help the AMAA Youth Fitness Fund promote a healthy start for kids.
Thank you and keep moving!!