BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
RUNJENSENRUN AustinWeird - BostonStrong
I’ve never been a runner. Though always participating in sports, I was that kid in school that huffed and puffed through the obligatory one mile run around the track in gym class. What’s the point of running anyway? Or so I thought. That all changed seven years ago when I decided to run two miles on a treadmill in a gym across the street from my crappy Upper East Side apartment. I remember being in shock and rushing home to tell my roommate about my huge accomplishment.
After that two mile treadmill run I found myself entering a 5k, then a 10k, then countless half marathons until I finally completed my first (and only to date) full 26.2 at the Savannah Marathon the morning of my 30th birthday. I’ve never been a runner.
Needless to say, the Boston Marathon wasn’t on my radar as much of anything...until I suddenly found getting into it and then finishing it as the top item on my “Bucket List”, if you believe in such things. Don’t worry, experiencing the actual Oktoberfest in Munich is still on the podium as the #2 item. If you run enough races and read enough running magazines you quickly realize that THE BOSTON MARATHON is it. It’s the holy grail of running. People win Olympic Medals and still don’t feel as though they’re an accomplished runner if they haven’t won in Boston. Since it’s so coveted the only way to get a shot at running it is to qualify at super-human speeds or to apply to join a charity team that you really believe in and promise to do everything you can to raise money for their cause...and even then you’re not a shoe-in...get it?
Two years ago, one of my best friends from college came out to Austin to visit me for the long weekend because, as a Bostonite, he had Patriot’s Day off which is marathon Monday in Boston. We were eating lunch when he got a word that there had been a bombing at the Boston Marathon. He was understandably panicked because his boyfriend and good friends had all planned to be at the finish line that day. Thankfully none of his friends were hurt, but some were not so fortunate. After watching the shocking news of the bombings and injuries that day I vowed to myself that I would find a way to run Boston and in doing so would support a cause that turned a horrible situation into a positive one.
Gillian Reny, an 18 year old high school senior and aspiring dancer stood near the finish line with her parents as she cheered on her sister who was racing that day. When the bombs went off she suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to BWH to be treated. Through Gillian’s resilience and the help of the amazing team at BWH, both of her limbs were able to be saved. Her family went on to set up the “Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund” in her honor to fuel innovative research in trauma healing and limb reconstruction.
I’m proud to say that this year I will be running as a team member on the Gillian Reny BWHSteppingStrong Marathon team and have pledged to raise $7,500 for this great cause. Rest assured that 100% of funds raised will go towards helping future patients with traumatic, athletic, military, and disease-related limb injuries regain their strength and step strong once again.
A lot of people don’t understand running or why people do it. If I’ve learned anything in my 32 years, it’s that you don’t always have to understand something to support it. You don’t always have to know people to make a difference in their lives.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your contribution. Who knows, with your support, maybe someday I’ll be a runner.
P.S. Here are some extra incentives for you!
-Donate $25: You're going to have a great day! Seriously, you're an awesome person.
-Donate $50: The above also goes for you...along with the packet of lucky unicorn dust will be sent to your house...plus you also receive unlimited free hugs from me for the rest of 2015...or fist bumps..whatever you're into.
-Donate $100: Receive the above along with your name (or whoever you would like me to run in honor of) written on my race day outfit.
-Donate $200: Receive all of the above along with an awesome custom shirt designed by yours truly (ships in March).
-Donate $500: Receive all of the above along with your right to challenge me to do anything you would like (so long as it’s mostly legal and within reason), enough karma points to last you two years, a free car wash from yours truly and my undying love and devotion.
-Donate $1,000: Receive all of the above along with your choice of a Lord Title, Lady Title, Sir Title, Baron Title, Baroness Title, Earl Title, Count Title, Viscount Title, Viscountess Title, Marquis Title, Marchioness Title, Duke Title, Duchess Title, or in fact any Feudal Title / Noble Title you want.... This is your opportunity to join the elite and be the envy of your friends and colleagues!