BENEFITING: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc.
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
I'm on the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, MA. My family and I were on sabbatical for a year in my home city of Sydney, Australia where the coastline is too attractive not to run along. It was there that I signed up for my first half marathon. When we returned I trained for my first full marathon with the Tufts Marathon Team, also supported by John Hancock. It was quite an experience, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to run the hills again this year. This time in support of the absolutely worthy cause of UUSC. This will be my fifth marathon, the others being Boston 2008, Marine Corps 2008, Santa Barbara 2009, and Philadelphia 2010.
I tried to make the fundraising fun by offering mile by mile sponsorships. These were acknowledged by an inscription on my running shirt. Mile sponsorships were available for a gift of $100 or more.
As of today the fundraising goal of $2500 has been met. Thank you all for making this adventure possible. The power of the Boston Marathon to raise funds for good causes is amazing. Some think that charity runners do not belong in such high profile events. You might be interested to take a look at an article sent me by my Tufts Marathon Team coach, Don Megerle. "Another way of looking at marathon's charity component" Without Don's generous support during training I would not have been able to take up the challenge at such short notice. I only found out about the UUSC program in mid March. Normally it takes a good five or six months of preparation to get ready for a marathon. Because of the Tufts program I had already been training in anticipation of a possible unofficial (bandit) run. I'm truly heartened by the generosity of such a large number of donors. Thanks again to all donors and UUSC.
(Of course the site is still open for donations!)
Mile Sponsors (Final List)
Anne Mark: Mile 1 (Had to go slow here)
Mandy Neff & Andy Gatchell: Mile 3 (Still cruising along)
Qiaobing Xu: Mile 9 (The Tufts group had a cheering section here)
Mark Cronin-Golomb: Mile 13 (Resdesignated for my kids)
Bill & Wendy Fiscus: Mile 16 (Crossing Interstate 95, beginning of Newton Hills)
Alice: Mile 19 (Grateful for dousing with water hoses along the hill climbs)
Judy Cianciolo & Keith Ballantyne: Mile 20 (Still climbing)
Donald White: Mile 21 (Boston College, top of the hill: still feeling good due to conservative pacing)
Alan Rosh: Mile 22 (Start of a 5K split I where I picked up the pace a bit like a Spartan: for Alan)
In memory of Henry C. Everett, M.D. : Mile 23 (Running this mile for Dr Everett made the infinite looking stretch of Beacon Street more manageable)
The Fogartys: Mile 24 (Still running (jogging) what felt like quickly)
Nicole & Darren Gaudreault: Mile 25 (Entering Kenmore Square)
Nico & Stella: 26.2 (Under Mass. Ave, right on Hereford, left on Boylston with a "sprint" across the line)