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Team RunBoston 2014 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: WALKBOSTON

ORGANIZER: WALKBOSTON

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Ryan Harnedy

THE STORY:


My favorite thing about running is that it's the most egalitarian sport in the world. You can start at any age, it requires minimal equipment (just some shoes and clothes), and you don't need a team, but it opens you up to a community of athletes, friends and neighbors you never were aware of before.

When I was 15 and a freshman in high school, I'd just moved to Westborough Massachusetts, which neighbors the marathon start town of Hopkinton. I didn't know anyone, and how I was going to fit in to yet another new town was totally beyond me. My Dad, both worried about me and absolutely tired of my TV domination, suggested that I follow in his footsteps and go out for Track.
It did not start well. I was terrible. I was slow and pudgy and tired extremely easily. But I didn't quit. I kept at it, I kept doing the work and I kept showing up.
Then something happened. I got good...well, less bad. I found my race and I found friends and found that I had learned to love the sport of running. Running made me feel a part of my team, my school, and my town.

Running isn't about winning races or collecting medals or even earning marathon jackets. It's about believing there's a stronger you out there and going out and finding him. That's why I've chosen to run the Boston Marathon for WalkBoston.

WalkBoston is a charity that is designed to make the city of Boston more pedestrian friendly. I'm proud to be part of a team dedicated to making the city of Boston safe for everyone to run, walk, explore and travel around one of the greatest cities in America. In a world where we're constantly told that people are obese and isolated, I have the chance to help make a difference. It could be the kid who just wants to walk a little further today or that person who decides today is the day they change his life, lace up his running shoes and jog that excruciating, horrifying, exhilarating first half-mile (three-quarters if he's lucky).

I remember last year, after everything that happened, I just wanted to run. After all of that, being able to run was a way to tell the world I wasn't afraid, that I was free, that as long as I had some good tunes and a pair of shoes I was in charge of my own destiny. I'm excited to run the Boston Marathon for WalkBoston so I can help make the city safer for everyone in Boston to do the same.

For a little more info on WalkBoston and why I chose to run for them:

WalkBoston helps transform Massachusettsʼ communities into more walkable places and reintroduces people to walking as a convenient, healthy and low cost transportation choice. We advocate for public policies and decisions in transportation, land use and real estate development that produce pedestrian and runner--friendly built environments. Our advocacy benefits everyone, but especially those who depend on walking most – people with lower incomes, elders, children, people with disabilities, and transit users. 


WalkBoston was created out of the belief that every community in Massachusetts needs safe walking routes and programs to encourage walking.  With the alarming increase in adult and childhood obesity, public health officials are focusing increased attention on peoples’ lack of physical activity, as well as diets.  Efforts to get people walking are now a cornerstone of chronic disease prevention programs.
 

$7,742

MONEY RAISED
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    $25

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    $25

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    $25

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    $60

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    $75

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    $20

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    $25

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    $50

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    $30

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  • Everyone who came to my Fundraiser!

    $1,000

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    $150

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    $160

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  • Melissa McDormand

    $10

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103% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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The Team: $50,013 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Katie Horan

Amount Raised

$8,436

 

112% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Samantha Ekstrand

Amount Raised

$8,124

 

108% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Harnedy

Amount Raised

$7,742

 

103% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Carignan

Amount Raised

$7,550

 

101% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Peterson

Amount Raised

$7,542

 

101% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Handly

Amount Raised

$6,335

 

127% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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J.B. Wolcott

Amount Raised

$2,827

 

283% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Franklin Byrd

Amount Raised

$1,107

 

111% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Melissa McDormand

Melissa McDormand

DONATION: $10

Better late than never? So impressed that you'll be trekking that whole way, and wishing you the best of luck! You're awesome! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $42

Go Team WalkBoston! Just 42.2k to go! 3 years ago

Caleb Holt

Caleb Holt

DONATION: $60

Of Ryan, they say, "He is strong. If I die I have to go before him, and he will ask me "What is the riddle of steel?" And if I don't know it he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me! That's Ryan - strong in his mountain!" 3 years ago

Andrew F.

Andrew F.

DONATION: $50

Woo, go Ryan! 3 years ago

Anonymous Ancient Astronaut Theorist

Anonymous Ancient Astronaut Theorist

DONATION: $50

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

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Steve Brady

Steve Brady

DONATION: $25

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Brendan Kearney

Brendan Kearney

DONATION: $20

in memory of Dalton, the best damned cooler in the business. "Pain don't hurt." 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago