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50-Mile Trail Run to Benefit Big Brother / Big Sister

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BENEFITING: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.


EVENT DATE: Jun 07, 2014

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Charlie Tillett wrote -

I am running a 50-mile trail run (Yes, you read that right, FIFTY miles) and hope to raise $50k for our local Big Brother / Big Sister agency in memory of my "little" brother Donnie.  

I have a matching sponsor so donations (up to $25k) will be doubled.  If you prefer to send a check, make it out to Big Brother / Big Sister and mail to me at:  82 Plain Rd  Wayland, MA  01778

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I got involved with Big Brother / Big Sister in 1986 when I was matched with Donnie - an energetic, precocious 12-year-old boy living in Framingham.  Donnie & I hit it off immediately and I instantly became a huge fan of the BB/BS mission.  Over the past 28 years, I have served as Board Member, performed public speaking, and been a frequent volunteer (including the role of Santa Claus at their Christmas party one year).  As many of you know, I ran an annual marathon fundraiser from 1994 to 2001 and - over 7 years - raised $250,000 with your help.  These funds that were used to purchase the BB/BS office in Framingham MA (see photo)!

Donnie moved away, went to college and graduate school, became a Chiropractor, got married and had 3 children.  But we stayed in regular contact throughout the years - exchanging letters in the old days and then via email & Facebook. His mom still lives nearby so Donnie and I would catch up whenever he was in town.  Needless to say, I was very proud of all Donnie had accomplished and honored to think that I might have played some small role in his success.   

So it came as a shock when Donnie passed away last summer following a brief illness at the age of 36.

On June 7th, I am running the Trail Animals Running Club (TARC) 50-mile trail run in memory of my "little" brother Donnie with a goal of raising $50k for 50 miles!

This is an official event with over 100 entrants (aka nuts) in the 50-mile event and 100 entrants (aka total psychos) in the 100-mile event.  While I promised in 2001 that the Boston Marathon would be my last marathon fundraiser, I didn't say anything about ultra-marathons and hope you will cut me some slack on this (although feel free to chastise me for only running the 50-miler)! 

The first $25,000 in donations will be matched 100% as I have secured a matching sponsor

I PROMISE that this will NOT become an annual event so PLEASE dig deep and help all you can for this one-off event.

How long is a 50 mile:

  • Run the Boston Marathon course from Hopkinton to Boston, get to the finish line and turn around to run back to Ashland (the first town after Hopkinton) 
  • Start in Wayland and run to Manchester NH, Warwick RI, Putnam CT, or the Quabban Resevoir (take your pick)
  • Start running at 7:00 am and keep going until 7:00 pm, hopefully!  I will, however, get an official time as long as I finish before 10 pm (15 hours). 

Thanks for your support!


To This Fundraiser


  • james grumbach and beth butler



Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $55,695 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Charlie Tillett

Amount Raised



111% Raised of$50,000 Goal

Donor Comments

james grumbach and beth butler

james grumbach and beth butler


Good luck, Charlie! 5 years ago