Margaux McDonald via Crowdrise
April 17, 2012
BENEFITING: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
ORGANIZER: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
Hi Team Margaux Supporters (or future supporters!);
Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my fundraising page and for (hopefully) supporting me and Phillips Brooks House and all of its fantastic work for urban kids in and around Boston. Here's a little bit about me and this challenge (and challenge is indeed the right word as running 26+ miles sounds like a rather painful experience, right?!).
As I have done for the last few years, I set a goal for myself on my birthday last September to commemorate my 32nd year - this time, despite a loud voice in my head telling me to set a goal that would be easier on my joints, I decided that I would challenge myself to run a marathon. And since they tell me that, in the marathon world, Boston is the one to run, I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to partner with Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) to raise money for a great charity that supports the education and engagement of ubran youth during the summer months and run the Boston Marathon while raising money for this great organization.
PBHA is also student-run, and does amazing work at Harvard in getting students interest in public service connected with opportunities to gain real-world service experience - often which leads to careers or more education in public service fields. You can check them out here - http://pbha.org/ . The point is - they are a deserving charity, and both PBHA and I would really love and deeply appreciate your support. I'll be sending you regular updates about my training, and would love to see you on April 16th, race day, in Boston MA!
Just to add to the challenge (did I mention I really love a good challenge?), I recently discovered that I have a tear in one of the supporting ligaments around my right hip – it’s called a labral tear, and as you can guess, it doesn’t like that I’m running so much. But I have a great orthopedist who thinks that PBHA is worthy and that I can run despite the tear. So the plan is to get regular cortisone injections and a lot of physical therapy, and with a little luck and your support, I’ll cross the finish line with energy to spare. Keep your fingers crossed for me and my bum hip!
Thanks so much for your support!!
Here's some more on the challenge:
Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) is an organized group of Harvard students, employees, and alums that raises money, through running, to benefit the health, education, and welfare of Boston-area youth and families. Your donation to HCMC will benefit the Phillips Brooks House Association Summer Urban Program (SUP). PBHA SUP delivers educational and enrichment programming to underserved youth throughout the Greater Boston area. Since its inception in 2005-06, HCMC runners have raised over $213,000 for causes such as PBHA SUP. Thanks for your generosity, no matter how large or how small!