In 2013, I ran the 117th Boston Marathon as an unregistered "bandit" runner to test my limits and finish my first marathon. A little less than a mile away from finishing, the race was stopped due to the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing of that day.
Since then, I've set my sights on finishing the race I was running on April 15, 2013, and I am more than excited to be running the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 as an official entrant with the Team Running for Cover with the Melanoma Foundation of New England.
In 2015, as I go on my final months of my undergraduate education in Boston, I've promised myself to run with endurance the race that is set before me, and I will symbolize that race as I take myself from starting line at Hopkinton to the finish line at Copley on race day.
This race is important to me as I attempt to break through the barriers of my own physical and mental capabilities, and I want to compliment this undertaking with the cause of helping melanoma patients and survivors.
I am running for myself and all that I hold dear to me. I am running for my mother and father - the people who taught me to walk, and pushed me to run. I am running for my God and my country, the Philippines with which I have the highest and greatest hopes for. I am running for all those who can't.
Run with me, and help me finish my race.
Melanoma Foundation of New England wrote -
The Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. MFNE hosts a range of educational programs to spread awareness. These programs include Your Skin Is In, a program teaching high school and college students the dangers of tanning, and The Skinny on Skin, which teaches beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients.
Team Running for Cover is running the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise funds to support MFNE's mission. All funds raised will be used to fund and expand these educational programs throughout the New England Area.