BENEFITING: United Way of Mass Bay
ORGANIZER: United Way of Mass Bay
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Runner # 25561
Runner Alerts: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/att-athlete-alert.aspx
In late 2012, I was presented with the opportunity to run the marathon with my company on behalf of the United Way (http://www.crowdrise.com/runningforuw/fundraiser/nickdarsch). Immediately tuned into the idea of running the marathon, I jumped at the chance to run the race. Running the marathon for the United Way this April will help allow me to accomplish two things that are in line with my lifelong goals. One, of course will be the completion of the marathon, something that I’ve know I wanted to accomplish during my life (though I did not expect it to happen before my 25th birthday), I cannot wait to cross that finish line.
The second, and more important than the marathon itself, is the ability to help raise money and support the United Way. Completing the marathon will be incredible achievement, but ability to run for the United Way speaks to the principled way by which I like to think I live my life. For most of my life and fully ingrained during my time at BC High for high school, I’ve always wanted to live my life as a “man for others”.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to try and make this saying a reality. While at BC High I spent summers volunteering at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Plymouth, running their summer camps. And then in college, I was also able to again work with the Boys and Girls Club in Watertown. This time, I was running an after school program and computer lab, with the goal of giving kids a constructive place to go after school. We brought dozens of Bentley students in to run activities, events, games and most importantly homework help over my years there. Also, while at Bentley, I had the opportunity to spend two spring breaks working with Habitat for Humanity. Building homes for the families that needed them the most. The second year I went, I actually led the trip and brought 24 Bentley students down to Boynton Beach, Florida to work with the families and see their dream homes become a reality.
Last January, I lost one of my best friends, this particular person above all, taught me to live the life that you want to live, not the life that has been given to you. At various points along the way, I’ve forgotten that. As life has unfolded, the chance to participate with organizations like these has eroded as work and the realities of adult life have taken hold. The marathon presents an opportunity to continue serving my community in a new and different way. And, coincidentally (perhaps not so), both Habitat for Humanity and The Boys and Girls Clubs fall under the United Way umbrella. I have seen the impact that these organizations can have in the community, and that impact cannot be understated. For this reason, I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to run on behalf of the United Way. Please help me raise my goal of $5,000 (and beyond) toward the organizations programs this year. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc. -
SMALL ACTS. BIG IMPACT.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is proud to have some dedicated runners fundraising on our behalf. Thanks to their support, we will be able to reach one in four children and one in two youth in Massachusetts' neediest communities.