My name is Maren Tober and you made it to my donation page! Congrats!
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I'll be running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and money for Youth Enrichment Services (for more details on YES, please see below or go to www.yeskids.org).
This will be my first marathon ever and I'm very excited about it. I've never been a runner and never really liked running, but about that later.
The number one reason I'm running is because my three boys ages 14, 12 and 8 have been with YES for over ten years now.
I love the outdoors and always wanted to give that gift to my children as well. Unfortunately, fun activities such as skiing, kayaking, rock climbing or mountain biking require quite a degree of resources that I didn't (and still don't) have.
YES made it possible for my three musketeers to experience so many awesome adventures, activities and firsts, such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, mountain biking; their first Red Sox game, a circus performance and Spartan kids races, as well as a kid's duathlon and triathlon.
They attended their first fundraising galas with YES and met with various Olympic skiers and medal winners, such as Ted Ligety.
None of this could have happened without YES. There simply is NO OTHER organization that provides ski trips, instruction plus all the equipment to underserved/underresourced kids!
I'm so happy that I knew about YES early on.
When I saw the call for the marathon application last October, I knew that it was my time to run the marathon and give back to them!!!
You and me, together, we'll make it happen!
FROM INJURY TO RUNNING
Ironically, on my first alpine ski trip ever, with none other than YES, I severly injured my left knee. I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus.
For an active person like me that was quite devastating and put me into a deep depression. Endless weeks on crutches, an operation and painful PT followed. All while carrying on with life, caring for the kids, household chores, grocery shopping, attending my classes in college and THREE part time jobs. I must confess, it was hell! But I was determined and a fighter.
BUCKET LIST AND MY HAPPINESS JOURNEY
Running a marathon has been in my bucket list for many years, if not decades.
Now at 40, I will be able to check it off.
It's no coincidence, though.
In 2016, 6 months after my knee injury, as part of my recovery efforts, and as a welcome challenge for myself, I participated in the EBSB 5K, benefitting YES (of course!). Not being a fan of running (but of competitions), I returned the year after. And the year after...
Then, about a year ago, in the year of turning 40, I embarked on my happiness project, prioritizing my physical, mental and spiritual health in order to take care of my mental health and hopefully, preventing age related issues later on.
Only because I was in pretty good shape after 10 month of daily workouts and physical activities, I dared to apply to run the marathon for YES. If it wouldn't have been for that AND my 5k experiences (of which I ran five last year and was now ENJOYING!), I would have never considered to run.
So YES, my kids, my injury, my running are all intrinsically connected and I can tell you for a fact that THIS WAS MEANT TO BE!
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