BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I am proud and honored to announce that I have been sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to run the 2015 Boston Marathon.
My father, Leo Ciulla, the handsome, strapping, tanned man you see in the photo on my profile, committed suicide in February of 2013. Following a relatively encouraging recovery from a cancer diagnosis a few years earlier, depression and severe anxiety took away his ability to cope, and slowly eroded his cognitive skills. None of us who surrounded him knew quite how drastically his condition had worsened, until it was too late.
Throughout his entire life, he was a beacon of physical and mental stability. He persevered through an incredibly physically demanding job to provide for his family. He also did whatever he could to protect his friends in need, without fail. A descendant from generations of Sicilian fishermen, he was THE “Port of Call”.
There is no better event to demonstrate perseverance than a marathon. There is no better way to not only honor my father's legacy, but also to educate those at risk. And that’s where AFSP comes in. AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. They also provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss.
I'm a Boston College graduate. And I remember when I would carry a keg of beer over my shoulder along Commonwealth Ave on that Marathon Monday in April. I would look out at the field of runners, and I would say,"I'm going to do that someday."
Well, someday has become 20 years later. And I promised myself I would run this race by the age of 40. And I'm running out of opportunities, and time. Now IS the time.
We are also going to have some fun with my personal goals for this race. For those who know me, they know that I thoroughly enjoy competition. So, in this instance, I will begin with a goal of finishing in 5 hours. But with each $1,000 raised, I will finish one minute faster. So for each $10,000 fundraising goal achieved, I will run 10 minutes faster. I think it would be nice to finish this race in under 4 hours. It would be even nicer to get the money to match that goal. Let’s get to that first $10K goal ASAP!!!
I also plan on posting videos at least twice a week, accompanied by written blog entries. I want you all to join me in this journey…the completion of the Boston Marathon by a 39.5 year-old man who has never attempted a run over 10 miles long. Also, as a personal trainer with 20 years of experience, I want to describe in detail what my body is going through. I will tell you what preparation I need, what diet I require, and how much recovery and/or treatment is appropriate. Injuries will crop up, so how will I deal with them, and overcome them to stay on pace with my training. And what types of supplemental training (Plyometrics, Weight Training, Functional Training, Pliates, Yoga, etc) work best with my anatomy and kinesiology.
Lastly, I’m a "grinder". Nothing has ever come easy to me. I've had to work for everything I've achieved. And this will be no different. I will work through the pain, exhaustion, injury. And I will persevere, like my father would have, and I will finish. I will finish for my Dad, so others can learn from our experiences.
Please donate to this worthy cause. Many thanks for your consideration.
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions. -Chris Ciulla