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Bay Cove Human Services Boston 2017

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BENEFITING: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Allison Cleary

THE STORY:

I cannot believe I am running the 2017 Boston Marathon! I am super excited for this opportunity!

Running has always been a saving grace in my life! I started competing in track when I was a sophomore in high school and it transformed me from an insecure teenage girl to a confident woman. My coaches had a huge role in this transformation and they inspired me to become a high school teacher and a cross-country and track coach.

As much as running has saved me, it has tested me as well. I ran for two years in college and started to hate the sport. This change, in addition to battling some other inner demons, brought me to a real challenging point in my life and I lost some of the confidence that I had gained in high school. However, with the support of family and friends and some work on myself, I accepted  that running did not always have to be about competition and I began to fall in love with the sport again.

After I graduated college, I gained a job as a teacher and a coach. My students and athletes inspired me to continue to set running goals for myself and thus I completed the 2010 Boston Marathon as a bandit runner and the 2013 Keybank Vermont City Marathon as a runner with a bib.

After Vermont, I decided to attempt to qualify for Boston on my own. I completed my most challenging training plan ever for the 2015 Keybank Vermont City Marathon and tanked in the race. I was throwing up every few miles and eventually dropped out after mile 16. I never had dropped out of a race before in my life and I was devastated. I fell out of love with the sport again.

However, when you coach an incredible group of high school athletes it is difficult to hate running for too long. This past summer I decided to start training in secrecy for the 2016 Manchester City Marathon in November. This race was for me and to prove to myself that I could conquer another marathon. I did conquer the race despite a lot of dry heaving along the way. I did not share with many people that I was running this race during my training and many individuals could not comprehend why I did that. However, as I learned in college, running is something that I do for myself and it is not always about the time or the talk.

I assumed it would be another year before I raced a marathon again, but a few weeks ago that all changed. A co-worker approached me and told me that a friend at Bay Cove was trying to find a person to take the bib number of a runner that had to drop out. I jumped on the opportunity and here I am today.

Running has saved me more me than it has hurt me and allows me to live a rich, full life. However, this situation is not possible for everyone and thus I would like to support Bay Cove because the company helps people with developmental disorders, mental illness, and addiction live the rich, full life running has given me.

Thank you for listening to my story and I appreciate any support you can give me. I hope to see you April 17th on the course!

For more information about Bay Cove, please visit our website at www.baycove.org.

$5,525

MONEY RAISED
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  • Paul & Terry Cleary

    $100

  • Eric, Karin, Emily & Alden

    $50

  • Helen van Riel

    $50

  • Nicole Cassinis

     

  • Friars are you fired up?

    $50

  • Lisa Camagna

    $100

  • Weston Cleary

    $50

  • Owen, Jake and Eva Carvalho

    $25

  • The Abbott Family

    $100

  • JayJay

    $100

  • Sarah Dunn

    $50

  • Aunt Bethany

    $100

  • Kpet

    $50

  • Lauren

    $50

  • Angela Carney

    $25

  • Barb Ratcliffe

    $10

  • Shannon Caruso

     

  • Bill Matthews

    $50

  • Michael Daly

     

  • Kristyn Dusel

     

  • Crystal Bozigian

     

  • Chris K

    $25

  • Deborah McDonald

    $25

  • Monica Knoblock

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brady Moore

    $26.20

  • Dee DeOliveira

    $50

  • Courtney Kenney

    $25

  • Gingles

    $50

  • Maureen

    $50

  • Susan Hadge

    $50

  • Selvin

    $15

  • Kate & Ryan

    $100

  • Mallary Tarpley

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Louis

    $25

  • K-Mack

    $15

  • Allison Cleary

    $355

  • Sean Clark

    $50

  • Kaitlin

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Caley

    $25

  • Cindy Wong

     

  • Jessica Meiley

     

  • Regan Benton

    $250

  • Julia, Brian, and Claire O'Connor

     

  • Kristin Marani

     

  • Mike and Janet Lento

    $50

  • Fly - Love you and rooting for you, BA!

     

  • The Goldberg's

    $25

  • Maria and Camille

    $50

  • Samantha Noonan

     

  • Kristyn

     

  • TJ Flanagan

    $25

  • Emily McNeill

    $25

  • Jess McCauley

    $25

  • MattEmmaRyan Petrillo

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jake & Diane Sunderland

    $250

  • Kevin Sheerin

    $50

  • Fitz

    $26.20

  • Sue Ellen Rogal

    $100

  • ScerIS, Inc.

    $250

  • Leslie Bell

    $20

  • OA Philosophy

    $26.20

  • Mike & ME Shea

     

  • Neil Levine

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Rodney and Andrea Schussler

    $150

  • Megan Campbell

     

  • The A Team

    $100

  • John Pelletier

    $100

  • Layla & Ajay

    $100

  • Kyle Sousa

    $50

  • Michelle Ennis

    $20

  • Challenge Match

    $571

  • Kristyn Shea

     

  • Joanne Coffman

    $25

  • James and Debra Sunderland

    $300

  • Maria Palma

    $25

  • Michael Cleary

    $100

  • Lynsey & Danielle

    $50

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The Team: $100,184 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Bill Sprague

Amount Raised

$20,672

Fundraiser Title

Jim Laprade

Amount Raised

$11,497

Fundraiser Title

CHARLES HOLLINS

Amount Raised

$11,130

 

148% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caryn Metzger Smith

Amount Raised

$9,269

 

124% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caitlin Shanley

Amount Raised

$9,045

 

121% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leanne Bragdon

Amount Raised

$7,975

 

53% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Spinelli

Amount Raised

$7,660

 

102% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.

Amount Raised

$7,411

 

7% Raised of $100,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Lynsey & Danielle

Lynsey & Danielle

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Michael Cleary

Michael Cleary

DONATION: $100

Good luck! You got this 2 years ago

Maria Palma

Maria Palma

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

James and Debra Sunderland

James and Debra Sunderland

DONATION: $300

Good Luck. Enjoy your race 2 years ago

Joanne Coffman

Joanne Coffman

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Kristyn Shea

Kristyn Shea

2 years ago

Challenge Match

Challenge Match

DONATION: $571

2 years ago

Michelle Ennis

Michelle Ennis

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Kyle Sousa

Kyle Sousa

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Layla & Ajay

Layla & Ajay

DONATION: $100

Go Allison! 2 years ago