BENEFITING: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
ORGANIZER: Harvard College Marathon Challenge
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
My name is Mark Jahnke and I hope you'll consider making a donation to support the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) in my fundraising efforts for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon is a sacred institution to me. This year will be my fifth time attending the event and my second time running. My first time running was last year, in 2013, when a series of explosions at 2:56 in the afternoon killed three spectators and injured over 300 people from all corners of Boston and the world. I was ten minutes away from finishing when the bombs went off, and was fortunate to escape with my life and limbs. Others were not so lucky. In the wake of the tragedy, it became difficult to find meaning in a lot of things, and my teammates and I struggled with a challenging mixture of both sadness, survivor's guilt, and disappointment in ourselves for having failed to finish what was, for most of us, our first marathon. The solace I found was in running more.
One month after the bombing, I signed up for, ran, and finished the Providence Marathon in Providence, RI, as a way to prove that I was capable of finishing what I had set out to do in December 2012, when I made the commitment to finish the Boston Marathon. When the BAA extended invitations to the 5200 of us who did not finish, I had signed up within minutes. I knew from the second I lay down in bed on April 15 that I would, if given the chance, return to Hopkinton on April 21, 2014, and run harder and faster than I ever have before to finish, not just for myself, but for everyone who comes together for the Marathon, the most Bostonian day of the year. Nobody can stop us this time.
Please consider donating to PBHA in honor of Martin, Krystal, Lingzi, and Officer Collier, and everyone who was affected by last year. It would mean so much to my teammates and I.
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 (PBHA) 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 $300,000 for causes such as PBHA SUP. Thanks for your generosity, no matter how large or how small!