BENEFITING: United Way of Mass Bay
ORGANIZER: United Way of Mass Bay
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
The Boston Marathon and I have a history.
It started in 2003 when I ran it for the first time as my first marathon ever. I had never really thought of running a marathon. But I went to Boston College and every year I was there on Patriots Day, I would stand at teh top of mile 21 and say "someday I want to run the Boston Marathon." So when the opportunity came up in 2003, I had to take it. When it was all over, I went back to work the next day and signed up for my next marathon. And so my love affair with running started.
I promised myself I would not go back to the Boston until I qualified. It took me 4 years, but in 2007, I returned to Boston in the middle of a Noreaster and ran the marathon again. It was a tough day, but I was glad I did it.
So glad, that in 2008, I took my mom along for the run! She ran a qualifying marathon in late 2007 and figured she could not pass up the opportunity to do Boston. I think her exact words were "its like getting into Harvard, you don't say no." So with the whole family cheering us on, we crossed the finish line on a beautiful spring day.
I passed up the chance to run it again in 2009 as I was in the midst of preparing to do my first ironman at Lake Placid that July. I figured my body could use the rest from a spring marathon. But I must admit, I did miss heading out to Hopkinton. So when the ironman was all said and done, I signed up for Boston again.
And in 2010, I did the Boston to Big Sur completing 2 marathons on 2 coasts in 6 days.
So here we are in 2012 and I am back at it again. If I have the count right, this will be my 28th marathon. And I am so excited to be running this one for the United Way. It is a great organization tthat does so much for all the communites we will be running through on April 16th.
Here's to keeping your fingers crossed for a beautiful Patriot's Day (I would like it not too hot or cold please) and please donate whatever you can to this great cause.
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A little bit about United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley:
One of the region's largest nonprofits, United Way's work ensures that children enter school ready to learn, youth stay engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future, and parents attain financial stability. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results. www.supportunitedway.org