BENEFITING: CAMP HARBOR VIEW FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: CAMP HARBOR VIEW FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
A Bostonian born and raised, I've spent countless Marathon Mondays rooting for runners as they made their way from Hopkinton to the Back Bay. As a child, there was nothing more exciting than standing on the sidewalk with friends and family, cheering for strangers as they crested Heartbreak Hill. Sometimes we would come armed with orange slices to press into weary outstretched hands, and it felt like a thrilling celebrity encounter each time a runner accepted one from us. We didn't really understand why they wanted to subject themselves to all that running, but we were mightily impressed by their efforts. They were superheroes.
As I grew up, my reverence for the runners never lessened, but it did become slightly tinged with envy. I started to understand their motivation for running, and found myself longing to join their ranks. Each year, I'd stand by the course, inspired and almost choking up with emotion as I watched feet race by on a journey they'd worked so hard to realize. Next year this will be me, I'd think to myself. Yet when it came time to commit, I'd always find some excuse: The timing's too hard with ski season; I have a bad back; I'm more of a half-marathoner; and so on.
This year, my excuses ran out. When I was offered the opportunity to run the 2015 Boston Marathon for Camp Harbor View, I could not turn down the chance to support such an amazing organization. Founded in 2007 by Jack Connors, businessman extraordinaire (and my parents' charming next-door neighbor), and the late Mayor Tom Menino, CHV provides almost 900 children from Boston's most at-risk neighborhoods with a true summer camp experience. During two four-week sessions in July and August, campers between the ages of 11 and 14 are transported out to Long Island in Boston Harbor where they spend the hours between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. partaking in traditional camp activities such as hiking, swimming, sailing and arts and crafts, as well as leadership and confidence building exercises. CHV provides three meals a day. Each camper pays $5 per session, with the remaining costs covered by private sponsors.
[For a more in-depth look at the important role CHV plays in the lives of its campers and their families, please watch this short video.]
I could not be more honored to dedicate my marathon effort to Camp Harbor View and the children it serves. I hope you will consider helping me reach my fundraising goal to benefit this worthy cause. I'm equal parts excited and terrified to take the starting line next month, and your support means so much to me.