Growing up, I watched my dad train for and run the Boston Marathon multiple times. I remember biking alongside him on the Charles as he went out for his weekend long runs, going to the annual L street running club pasta dinner, and most vividly, I remember standing on a railing on the corner of Hereford and Boylston waiting, and then finally cheering as he rounded that corner on his way toward the finish. Then again, on Marathon Monday 2011 I found myself back on Boylston Street, in the early stages of another attempt at getting sober. I was overcome with the same emotions and memories that I had been so long disconnected from, put out by years of addiction. In that moment the desire to run was reignited and I was reconnected to those childhood dreams.
This year I’m running the marathon to honor my dad, the countless friends that I’ve lost to this disease and to pave the way for the thousands of other people who will walk into Phoenix in the coming year. I am incredibly grateful that I have been given an opportunity to give back to an organization that has meant so much to me and my recovery over the last few years. Hopefully my story will encourage others to reconnect to some of the dreams they had that have been put out or put off by their addiction.
The money that is raised will go directly to The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose to live a sober life. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery. Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety.
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