I am not a runner. I do not like jogging. On April 18, I will be running the 120th Boston Marathon.
My small sacrifice honors the ultimate sacrifice too many have made in the ongoing Global War on Terror. I proudly am a member of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH) marathon team. In short, Mass Fallen Heroes honors the fallen, assists the Gold Star families of the fallen, and empowers returning veterans. MFH was founded in 2010, initially with the goal of constructing the public memorial to honor all Massachusetts Fallen Heroes since September 11, 2001. Over the past few years, MFH has evolved into a multifaceted organization that provides a multitude of advocacy services to Veterans and families of the fallen.
I have been training since the beginning of February. Prior to this, the furthest I had ever run was a little more than 5 miles. This past weekend, my training program had me run 13 miles, so I am making progress, albeit at a 10-12 minutes/mile pace. The Kenyans do not need to worry about me. I will not be setting any records, but I will finish.
My goal is to raise $15,000. Please help me honor our heroes: https://www.crowdrise.com/massfallenheroesboston2016/fundraiser/stephenalepa
Thank you for your support.
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