BENEFITING: Martin Richard Foundation
ORGANIZER: Martin Richard Foundation
EVENT: Team MR8 Boston 2017
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
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I'm from a small town in North Carolina and started running 11 years ago at age 50. It was all for health and recreation, and I didn't think it would really lead anywhere since I had never been an athlete. But after my first 5k I was hooked, and here I am after something like 300 races (lost count). I've now run 21 marathons, including 4 at Boston. It's such a special race!
Hard to believe, but 2017 will be my third year running for Team MR8 Boston in honor of Martin Richard! Wearing that MR8 singlet is powerful, and the crowd support and shoutouts keep me running.
I didn't know it at the time, but I ran right past Martin and his family near the finish at the 2013 marathon about 40 minutes before the bombings. I was sitting on a park bench in Boston Public Garden a few blocks away when one of the best days of my life suddenly turned into one of the worst. It's one of those memories that haunts you. I was extremely fortunate, but that personal connection to the tragedy has motivated me to give back.
Donations made to runners on Team MR8 Boston 2017 ensure that the Martin Richard Foundation continues its mission of investing in athletics, education and community by empowering youth and adults to improve the lives of others and become bridge builders, peacemakers and leaders in their communities.
Visit the www.MartinRichardFoundation.org for the full story.
It has been a humbling experience to receive such overwhelming support of family, friends, fellow runners, and business associates over the years. Please support my fundraising for 2017 by donating through this website. It's simple, fast and totally secure. But if you'd rather write a check, e-mail me and I'll tell you how. email@example.com.