BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I’m so excited to be running the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 as a charity runner for Team Hoyt!
If you asked me 4 years ago if I would be a marathoner, I would have laughed. It seemed impossible. I didn't start running with the goal of running a marathon I just wanted to get into better shape as I got older. My first run was a 3 minute disaster that left me gasping for breath on my living room floor thinking, “I can’t.”
So I did what I could and started walking. Then I ran the flats and the down hills. I ran for one mile, then two, and then ran my first 5K. I hit a wall at mile 6 three times before running my first 10K, The Peachtree Road Race. I triumphed that I ran through a whole album on my iPod. Then I ran for an hour, two hours, and completed my first half marathon. After the half marathon it seemed only logical to try to run a full marathon, 26.2 miles. So I registered and before I knew it, found myself in a start corral at 6:30 am tears streaming down my face with pride, reminding myself that I should pull it together since I hadn’t actually run this marathon yet! But I did run that marathon, and then another.
After completing my first marathon, I set my eyes on the Boston Marathon. I hoped to run it to mark my 40th birthday this year. If you’ve ever lived in Boston, like I did after vet school, you are forever connected to this great city and its people. Boston is one of my homes. I’ve listened to stories of my friends who have run this race and ‘virtually’ cheered for others while watching the race on-line. I was watching with pride last year as I tracked ‘my runners’ during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Rich finished, Chris finished, and Jen was on track for her PR! Then the updates stopped.
The senseless acts of violence that shattered the lives of so many on April 14, 2013, made it even more important to run this race, this year. To rise up, dig deep and put one foot in front of the other to move forward and push through to the finish.
About Team Hoyt
I am beyond proud to run as a charity runner for Team Hoyt who’s universally uplifting message is, “Yes You Can.” The 2013 Boston Marathon was slated to be Team Hoyt’s last running of the event. They are returning this year to finish the race and bring awareness to their mission and to demonstrate, as they always do, the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rick was born with a severe case of Cerebral Palsy that limits his mobility and speech. In 1977 he asked his father if he could participate in a local charity race. Dick was not a runner at the time, but he said, “Yes.” After the race Rick told his father when they ran he didn’t feel disabled. The team has now competed in over 1,000 races including marathons, and triathlons, six of which are Ironman distances.
Team Hoyt aspires to build individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem in persons living with disabilities through inclusion in all facets of daily life including community activities, sports, at home, in schools and in the work place.
The Hoyt Foundation formed in 1989 and provides advice and support to groups and individuals who share in their mission. All funds raised go directly to support Team Hoyt’s efforts to help further the education of people living with disabilities to become active members of their communities. They also regularly provide financial support to the Easter Seals, Challenged Athletes Fund, and Pioneer Valley Therapeutic Riding Association.
How can you help?
Together we can make a big impact. I’ll take care of the running part, and you can help me reach my fundraising goals by making a donation in any amount to the Hoyt Foundation. No donation is too small! Thank you so much for supporting me and Team Hoyt. Yes You Can!!!