It is a great honor for me to join my John Hancock colleagues on another epic journey in preparing for and running the 2019 Boston Marathon for 2 great charities; the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and the Ron Burton Training Village.
In the fall of 1999 two JH colleagues and friends David Caterino and John Jones persuaded me to join them in running the 2000 Boston Marathon as part of the John Hancock Employee Training Program.
For me it was going to be a "one and done". However after the wonderful experience I had training with such a great team and finishing my first marathon ever I was hooked.
19 years later I will toe the line in Hopkinton at the start of the 2019 Boston Marathon and run back to Boston with 30,000 excited runners.
This year's run will be my 14th Boston Marathon and 24th marathon overall.
It will be a bittersweet marathon for me though. This will be my final time participating in the outstanding John Hancock program. I will be leaving John Hancock later in 2019, taking part in an early retirement opportunity.
So my goal is to go out big this year for the kids who benefit by these two great charities.
Please support me in my fundraising goal of $5000.
My plan is to do 90 training runs for 600 miles over the 20 weeks of my training program.
Monday 02/04 is the start of the 11th week and I have done 44 runs for 262.2 miles!!
I ran 13.6 miles on the course on a very cold Saturday morning this past weekend, running from Framingham to Hopkinton and back. I am planning on a 15 to 16 mile run this coming weekend from Newton to the finish line and back!!
Follow my progress on this page as my journey for Boston is now underway!!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston wrote:
Team John Hancock 2019
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) and Ron Burton Training Village (RBTV) are thrilled to partner with the Boston Marathon team of John Hancock employees to raise funds to provide hope and opportunity for youth in the greater Boston area. To streamline our donation process this year, all gifts will be directed to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) and then divided equally between BGCB and RBTV.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) provides young people in our community with a safe place to go after school where caring adult role models deliver fun and enriching programs. Activities are strategically developed to help youth succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles, build character and practice good citizenship. Financial support from our partners helps keeps the cost of membership affordable for the children we serve, many of whom come from low-income families and single-parent households. At only $25 per school year for children ages 6-12 and just $5 for teens, members get the strong start they need for a great future.
To learn more visit www.bgcb.org
Ron Burton Training Village (RBTV)
The mission of the Ron Burton Training Village is to enrich the lives of challenged youth in the areas of dynamic character and leadership development, physical fitness, social and educational advancement, and spiritual growth. Over the past thirty years, the Ron Burton Training Village has served more than 4,000 young men and women in their spiritual, physical and educational growth. The year-round development of each child, further underscored by the 5-week summer experience, focuses on four key areas: academic excellence, character and leadership development, sports and fitness, and spiritual growth. Many applicants come from difficult, and troubled environments, they face challenges that may impact their decision-making skills and ability to successfully achieve their goals.
To learn more visit www.ronburtontrainingvillage.org