BENEFITING: Trustees of Tufts College
ORGANIZER: Trustees of Tufts College
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Welcome to my Tufts Marathon Team fundraising page. You’ve made it here so you know that I’ve decided to run the Boston Marathon, and that I’ve set upon this undertaking in support of the Tufts University Marathon Fund.
What does the Tufts Marathon Team support, you say? The short answer is that supports a bunch of initiatives focused on nutrition, obesity, and hunger. The funds are used both for research, such as childhood obesity research through the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, as well as to sustain programs that support health and wellness. Over the past 10 years, the Tufts Marathon Team has raised over $3,572,629 for these programs. That’s huge, as it would need to be to combat the growing problem of our obesity crisis (pardon the pun!).
That’s fantastic, you say, but why would Kelly Burke, with her one functioning knee, want to run a marathon? That’s a very good question, especially when you consider exercise for me before training consisted entirely of 1) jumping up on counters to stock lab supplies (I’m convinced that I would win a gold medal for this if the Olympic committee would ever respond to my requests) and 2) Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate is a great workout, but if you want to get the real picture of my skillful sprints and cuts, think of Tom Brady running for a first down. For those of you who are not familiar with our beloved quarterback, that’s probably the most awkward sprint (or lack of) that you’d ever see. It’s a good thing he’s so pretty. Alas, I digress.
There are two main reasons why I’m running the marathon. First, for those of you unfamiliar with my current job, I work on growing human fat tissue in the lab to model obesity and type 2 diabetes. I’ve spent a lot of time learning about these diseases, and it has made me realize even more how important these programs, like those that the Marathon Team supports, can be in influencing the health of our community.
Secondly, I grew up watching the Boston Marathon. Ok, I grew up watching the Boston Marathon on TV if I wasn’t stuck at one of my brother’s baseball games on what would almost always be a cold April day (and no, I’ll never let that go). The marathon has always been something I wanted to do. Plus, this is for a great cause so it’s a win-win for me!
Running the marathon is going to be tough. I calculate that it’ll take about 70,000 steps to get from Hopkinton, up through about 5 miles of hills in the Newton area, to the finish line. As I write this, I’m about 10 weeks out, and I can tell you that training is already tough. If there’s anything worse than running in the dark with snow and ice, it’s all of those things without being properly caffeinated beforehand :)
Along the way, I will be posting updates and pictures from my training adventures. First I need to learn to blog (only half joking there). I’ll have to try pretty hard to get pictures where I don’t look like death warmed up, but I’ll see what I can do. For those of you who are local, please consider coming out and cheering for the team and me on April 15th. If braving the crowds on Patriots’ day isn’t your thing, you can support me by making a tax-deductable donation to my marathon fund on this page (click “Donate”). Crowdrise does not take a cut of your donation so you can be sure that 100 % of your donation reaches the Tufts charities.
Thanks in advance!