I have been running for 30 years, but nothing compares to the past five seasons I have spent as a mentor for DREAMFAR High School Marathon. I have had the immense privilege of running with dozens of students from diverse backgrounds, each of whom enriched my own life as we ran together through rain, hail, a Polar Vortex, and the great winter of 2015. The remarkable strength and perseverance of these students is what brings me back to DREAMFAR each year, and it is what motivates me today to begin fundraising for the 2017 season.
In these uncertain times, our at-risk students, more than ever, need reliable safe spaces and adult mentors to guide them. Our students are black and white and brown; they are socio-economically diverse; they are both average teenagers and extraordinary heroes. They are smart and funny and resilient, and many of them rely on the guidance and consistency of DREAMFAR High School Marathon as they navigate the turmoil of adolescence. I am working to raise enough funds to cover the cost of one student's journey through the program- from neighborhood jogging to 26.2.
Your donation will help change a student's world. I know, because they have changed mine. Thank you.
More info about DREAMFAR High School Marathon:
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.