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Boston Marathon 2014 in my backyard

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Whitney Hayden


Dear Friends and Family:

With our hectic schedules sometimes the easiest tasks like getting three children ready to get out the door or sitting down to write this note to all of you can be overwhelming. But, when a tragic event happens in your backyard, like the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, it helps reaffirm how lucky we are while others suffer such great pain.

A friend from my backyard called me after the tragedy last year and said " Are you in for running Boston in 2014? I did not hesitate...I said YES right away!

That's why I am so honored to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. This Club, along with the city of Boston is in my backyard.

So why run for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club? The Boys and Girls Club is a SAFE haven for Charlestown Youth since 1893! Over the past 120 years, thousands of boys and girls have found a place that supports them and challenges them to discover their talents and reach their full potential. The programs the club offers help young adults create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and education enhancement. These initiatives develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IN ADVANCE. As I pound the pavement of Charlestown, the Charles River, the MIT indoor track, Fenway, and I hope a runs with my sister-in-law, Robin, I will be running past people's backyards. My run will help support families in need that live in my backyard.

So, how can you help? Please consider making a donation and supporting my run and the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club.

As my three children say to me as I run them up and down the hills of Charlestown, "Run, Mommy, Run!" Well, Sloan, Johnny and Frances I will be running alright...26.2 on April 21, 2014.

Best, Whitney



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