Two reasons: my dream ever since my freshman year of college, and my favorite meal of the day. These two reasons are what I’m running for, two things that have been close to heart for years now. If you know me, breakfast has become an indispensable part of my morning routine. It keeps me alert in class, makes my mornings productive, and keeps me fueled on my morning runs. It is an essential part of my life; a part of my routine that I could never do without. Another thing that you may not know about me, is that it has always been my lifelong dream to run the Boston Marathon. There is no word that can express the thundering cheers from the crowd at the Boston Marathon. Having been part of the crowd in the past, I felt the energy in the stands, the absolute admiration in their eyes, and the awe they had for the runners. I have been on that side of the steel fences on Boylston Street, and it’s an indescribable experience that is woven into the fabric of Boston’s culture. Being there made me long to be a part of this, to experience firsthand the culture of the city that was my second home for 5 years. So I decided to put actions into my words, and run the Boston Marathon. Despite it being a long-lasting dream of mine, I want more to come out of this event than merely fulfilling that dream; by running this marathon, I hope to encourage people to fight for the underrepresented, and to extend a helping hand for those in need.
For this reason, I am running for the New England Dairy & Food Council. One of their projects provides underprivileged K-12 school children with free meals on school days, one of them being breakfast. Most people find their mornings rushed as they prepare to leave to school, and as a result breakfast is easily overlooked; it is dismissed and replaced by small unhealthy snacks bought from their neighborhood grocery store. Personally speaking, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It’s simple, yet contains the essential nutrition that all kids should have. It’s impact on a child’s ability is profound: with breakfast, students are more focused in class, teachers find it easier to engage with them in conversation, and it ultimately helps them with their growth! Check out this awesome video made by the NEDFC, highlighting the importance of their breakfast programs!
What the New England Dairy & Food Council is doing is pivotal for a change in attitude towards nutrition. It is a cause that I strongly believe to be important in the lives of these children, and a cause worth running for. Follow my journey of training for the marathon on Instagram, @ryan.runs.42!