BENEFITING: Trustees of Tufts College
ORGANIZER: Trustees of Tufts College
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Update: Marathon completed with my good ol' running chap, ShanZhi, in ~6:20 (timer stopped at 6:00 so we don't have an official finish time). According to the race director, it was the worst conditions he'd experienced. According to us, we agree. ShanZhi had some irritable bowels and I had an irritable knee, and through it all we stuck together til the end. Would we do it again? Maybe to get an official time. Otherwise, there are less sadistic ways to help raise money to prevent childhood obesity and raise health consciousness for the world - speaking of which, I'm still taking donations for the kids!
For those of you that know me, you know I like to challenge myself, especially when it's an opportunity to help others. I've never enjoyed running, but I've been craving the opportunity to challenge myself by running a marathon (though I've actually learned to appreciate long-distance running now - certainly helps to have a great group with which to run!). I finally have the opportunity to run not just any marathon, but the Boston Marathon. Even better, to run it, I am raising money for the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
I've furthered challenged myself to raise as much of my funds as possible by helping other people in exchange for donations. As of February 13, I've been shoveling snow from the multiple snowstorms that have hit our area. The work is certainly back-breaking at certain houses, but it's not about me or how my body feels. This is for the little guy in my head who keeps telling me, "California is so much warmer right now! Why would you want to climb out of bed and escape your memories of warm, sunny beaches to go train in sub-freezing temperatures?" ** Update** Snow has melted, the Charles is free flowing again, no more shoveling!! **Update** This is about those who are unable to run a marathon because their nutrition is lacking, because they're running away from violence in their neighborhood, because they have to work multiple jobs to support their family. This is for those who serve others in the classroom, on the battle field, in the home. As Eric Greitens said, “This test isn’t about me. This test is about my ability to be of service to the people who are asleep in that tent right now.”
Each year, 100 Tufts runners make the journey from Hopkinton to Boston to support nutrition, medical, and fitness programs at Tufts University, including research on childhood obesity at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
The Tufts Marathon Team (TMT) is the largest known collegiate marathon program in the United States, attracting runners from around the country.
During the 2014 marathon season, the team raised $467,139. Since its inception in 2003, the TMT has raised more than $4,554,711.
Please support our runners for the 2015 marathon by making a gift online. If you prefer, you can mail in the pledge form to pay by check or credit card offline.
For checks: on the memorandum please write (my name/Boston Marathon) and mail to:
PO Box 3306
If you have any questions about the Tufts Marathon Team, please contact Coach Don Megerle at firstname.lastname@example.org.