My family and I have spent 30 years supporting Rick and Dick Hoyt as they run The Boston Marathon. We watch every year from the same spot in Natick in front of Henry Wilson's Shoe Shop (and right next to the Honey Dew Donuts where my sister and I always get coffee). We have signs (some of which are 30 years old). We are the ultimate marathon spectators. The Hoyts are the reason we keep coming back.
Rick and Dick Hoyt make me remember that anything is possible, and every Marathon Monday I used to say that I was going to run the marathon myself someday. Well, guess what? I did it, and in 2013 my sister had to get coffee without me. I was beyond honored to run The Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt as my very first marathon.
That morning I wrote 4/15/13 in Sharpie on my sneakers as I prepared to run my first marathon along with my amazing team. It was the most spectacular day. I threw mini GO RICK AND DICK signs as confetti at my family at mile 8. I stomped all over Heartbreak Hill. I was still going strong when i got stopped right before mile 22.
Boston 2013 will always be my first marathon. I am very proud to say that I completed my first marathon on 10/5/13 in New Hampshire with my Team Hoyt teammate Meghan Cole, and less than a month later I will complete my second marathon on 11/3/13. Every single time I get to put on my Team Hoyt shirt and run, I am the happiest me I can be.
Being a part of this team is truly a dream come true. Less than a year ago, I wasn't even a runner. Less than a year ago, I was a girl without a team. Less than a year ago, I didn't believe that I could do all of these things. Now I know that I can and YES YOU CAN too.
I am counting the days until I am reunited with my team and we get to take back our marathon. 4/21/14 will look amazing in Sharpie on my sneakers.
Please support me and Team Hoyt by donating to The Hoyt Foundation through my page. This foundation helps so many people live better lives.
In case you don't know about Rick and Dick Hoyt (which means you never went to one of my famous marathon birthday parties growing up, and that's a shame), you can read their story here:
Thank you so much for supporting me and Team Hoyt. This means more to me than you could ever imagine, and I'm so thankful to have you all be a a part of it.
YES WE CAN!
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