BENEFITING: DREAMFAR HIGH SCHOOL MARATHON
ORGANIZER: DREAMFAR HIGH SCHOOL MARATHON
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Family and friends,
On April 21st, I am running the Boston Marathon! I am honored to be a part of the Dreamfar High School Marathon Team and would love your support as I train with them and raise money for their cause. This is my first marathon, and I am extremely excited and feel really lucky to be a part of it. I will be training with three colleagues from athenahealth and over 200 students and mentors as we all look to accomplish 1 goal- to complete a marathon!
Dreamfar is a Greater Boston-based program that teaches high school students that anything is possible, even completing a marathon. With hard work, perseverance and guidance from dedicated mentors, the runners realize their potential as they train for the Cox Providence Marathon. While I am training and running the Boston Marathon, I look forward to supporting the students and mentors as they run Providence 2 weeks later. Not only will I be accomplishing one of my own biggest personal goals, but I will do this in partnership with students who have just successfully run their first mile, and are seeking motivation to complete 25.2 more within the next 6 months. How awesome is that?!
I have been a runner since I can remember, and running a marathon is a lifelong goal of mine. This goal became a reality following the tragic events of last year’s Boston Marathon. I was a spectator, enjoying some lunch near the finish line with my sister, Lauren and friend Renee- waiting for my now husband, Josh to meet us. I went to cheer on friends, and also complete strangers as they accomplish an amazing feat. It was a beautiful day, and I had tears in my eyes on multiple occasions watching these proud runners in their last 100 yards of the marathon. I saw some that were smiling, others dressed in costume, doing cartwheels, and soldiers carry backpacks in full gear. The energy that these people had after 26.18 miles was so amazing; it was the ultimate feeling of Boston pride. I was feeling really optimistic that 2014 was my year to run it.
What happened next was unthinkable. It was the most terrifying moment of my life and I'm sure for most people surrounding me as we rushed from the scene of the second bomb to shelter in a restaurant. Amongst the chaos I saw many heroes -EMT's, people hugging complete strangers, the manager at the restaurant who put his own fear aside to calm everyone down. I am truly blessed, as is my sister, my husband, my friends who were with me, close to me, or running, that we were safe. I am thankful to be preparing to accomplish my dream of running 26.2 in Boston and to honor those who were victims of the event and our great city. My heart and prayers will go out to the victims and their families, as I embark on the route in April.
The 118th marathon is a special one. Once again our proud city of Boston will come together, runners and spectators alike, from all over the world to participate in this truly awesome event. This year we will remember those who lost their lives, pray for their families, and rally!
Thank you in advance for your support!