I ran the Boston Marathon in 2008 and 2010. I ran it in 2010 knowing it would be my last marathon. I ran slow, talked with as many people as possible and tried to soak it all in. The Boston Marathon is the most prestigious marathon in the world as most people have to actually qualify to even run it. Boston can be a rough city but on Patriot's Day every year, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) comes out and celebrates and cheers on roughly 25,000 people as they navigate 26.2 miles of fun. I, like many of you, watched as the terrible events unfolded last year. After a few days I got the itch to try and run the marathon again and was fortunate enough to gain entry through my job. We have to show people (hopefully the world) that we are strong and we will continue to run.
In December of last year, I received word that a friend of mine had been hit by a drunk driver while walking in Santa Barbara. A few days later, she succumbed to the injuries. Her name was Mallory and she was 27 years old. I lived in Santa Barbara from March 2007 to April 2009 and grew to know Mallory quite well during that time. At first she was a bartender at our favorite sports bar in town. We eventually grew to be good friends and she helped me a lot after I moved away and missed Santa Barbara on a daily basis. Since moving away from SB I still always try to fly back and visit a couple times a year to hang out at the beach and see old friends. The ritual for every trip was to go see Mal the first night in town and catch up on life. She would always give me a big hug and then run over to the dj booth and turn on "Africa" by Toto and "Take on Me" by A-ha (two songs we used to always listen to when I lived in SB). It's been roughly four months since the accident and it will be very weird the next time I visit SB and she will not be around. After her death, her friends and family have worked very hard to establish the Vow4Mal fund to raise awareness of the effects of drinking and driving and hopefully to eliminate the urge to drink and drive. I feel honored to have called Mallory a friend and feel even more honored to be able to help her charity out in anyway possible.
In closing I would like to say that I do not need to fund raise a penny to run the marathon. I created this page and hope that all of you that read this will read Mallory's story and take the pledge. If you feel the urge to dontate to the OneFund or to Mallory's fund, thank you. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way and if I don't know the answer, I'll find someone who does. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you are interested in following me as I run the marathon, I will post that information in the coming days. Thank you again.
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