“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” Kara Goucher
I started to run when I stopped playing field hockey after my sophomore year of college. My motivation was purely physical; I wanted to stay in shape. For the first time in my life, I was no longer an athlete actively attending practices and playing in games. Over the past five years and many races later, my commitment to running has evolved into something much more intimate. Throughout the ups and downs of young adulthood, running has sustained me. Like an anchor, running has helped ground me in the present, take in life’s beauty, and appreciate the strength of my body and mind. Running continues to teach me that we exist in solidarity, not in isolation, and that we truly are stronger than we think.
Sidelined from running last winter due to vertigo, I could not continue training as a mentor for DREAMFAR. It was devastating. I yearned to be part of DREAMFAR’S community and practice the program’s vision of inspiring high school students to maximize their potential through training for and participating in a full marathon. One year later, I have returned to DREAMFAR, committed to promote the program’s success by sharing my passion for running with local high school students and fellow mentors. Through partnership, dedication, and goal-setting, DREAMFAR proves to students that they are strong, capable, and worthy of persevering through high school’s challenging days to achieve their dreams.
Please consider making a donation to my fundraiser on behalf of DREAMFAR, which is a non-profit organization that serves all students, regardless of finances. The program’s success depends on charitable contributions as students participate at no cost and mentors pay only for their race fees. It costs $1500 for one student to participate for one DREAMFAR season. In addition to participation and race entry fees, DREAMFAR assists students with training apparel and transportation to events. Both the students and mentors are very appreciative of your support. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Continue reading for additional information about DREAMFAR’s mission, history, and inspiration.
The mission of DREAMFAR High School Marathon is to challenge high school students to reach their full potential--physically, socially, emotionally, and academically--through a mentor-supported marathon training program.
High School is one of life’s most challenging times. Students experience confusion, insecurity, and constant pressure. It’s all too easy to fall off the pace and withdraw.
DREAMFAR High School Marathon helps students build confidence, skills, and lasting friendships at this crucial moment in their lives. Launched in 2008, the program challenges students of all abilities and backgrounds to accomplish something exceptional: train for and run a marathon. In its first eight years, DREAMFAR has helped over 500 students from 15 Boston area high schools across the finish line.
Founded at Newton South High School by Jamie Chaloff, a special education teacher, DREAMFAR is suited for students of all sorts. Students who excel. Students who feel lost. Even students at risk. The formula is simple. You show up. You work hard. You have fun. Students train together from October to May, with volunteer adult mentors who serve as role models. On Saturdays, the entire cohort runs together. In May, they line up in their DREAMFAR colors at the start of the Providence Marathon. 26.2 tough miles later, they celebrate at the finish.
DREAMFAR is the only high school marathon program in New England. It teaches students how to focus, helps them makes friends, and keeps them fit and healthy. Most of all, it’s fun. Mile after mile, day after day, DREAMFAR students discover an inner strength that will guide them through their years in school, and through the years beyond.