BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
ORGANIZER: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Thanks for supporting my effort to raise money for the Friends of the Public Garden!
After the tragedy that impacted the race and Boston in 2013, I felt compelled to run in 2014 and give back to the strong and proud community of Boston.
I last ran Boston in 2009 after qualifying in Philadelphia. While it was an incredible experience, it was not my best race. I was injured and had run three marathons in six months that year. I decided that I was finished with straight marathons for a while and planned to save my 26.2 mile runs for Ironman triathlons. I also said I would only run Boston if I qualified again and would never run it through a charity slot.
Then, on one of the best sports days of the year in Boston, the explosions happened, and things changed. Boston showed how Strong it truly was, so I decided I would run for a charity in 2014 as a way of showing support for the race and the community.
While there are so many wonderful charities to run for, I love the outdoors, appreciate green space in the city and am fortunate enough to look at and walk through the Public Garden and Boston Commons every day. Also, when the explosions happened last year, and runners were routed off of the course to safety, thousands of runners ended up in the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Other runners ended up in the Public Garden or Commons after the race as they looked for loved ones and sought a safe place to gather. It was a place of calm in the midst of the chaos.
An important update is that I tore my ACL skiing in early March and am no longer able to run the Marathon. I have to have reconsturctive surgery in early April and will have a good 6 months of PT in front of me. I am so disappointed but remain committed to raising money and supporting the Friends of the Public Garden and everyone who is running this year.
Thank you for your support!
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Team Friends of the Public Garden will be raising funds to support the preservation, protection and enhancement of our treasured green spaces: the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Thank you for your support! For more information about the work of the Friends visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org