EVENT DATE: Jun 07, 2014
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
Click on arrows at left to see more photos and click on SEE MORE below for additional info about my run.
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!