Growing up in Boston, I watched the marathon in person or on T.V. every year. I started running in high school and went to college in Washington, D.C. partly decided on because of running. In 2014, after 10 years away, I moved back to Boston for grad school. The first week back, I ran the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5k in Dorchester, a road race that I started running in high school. There I discovered a team of Sole Train runners.
Sole Train is a community-building and mentoring program that uses running as a vehicle for setting and achieving seemingly impossible goals. As a supportive community of caring adults and peers, Sole Train champions young people as they realize their capacity for greatness. From its first iteration in 2009, Sole Train has expanded from a 16-person program to a 20-site program with over 250 Young Soles (youth participants) and over 100 Old Soles (adult participants) at Boston area public schools. Sole Train teams practice on-site twice a week and come together for community building events and races throughout the year, leading up to Sole Train’s culminating goal race: Boston’s Run to Remember, a five-mile race or half marathon.
I’m running Boston 2018 to support Sole Train and Trinity Foundations other amazing programs such as Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) and Trinity Boston Counseling Center.