BENEFITING: Commonwealth Zoological Corporation
ORGANIZER: Commonwealth Zoological Corporation
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Ever since I was a young boy, I have always wanted to run in the Boston Marathon. Listening to my parents and other adults talk about it with such excitement every April only reinforced the idea in my head. Sadly, I had developed asthma as a child. From a young age I was told by doctors, teachers, and even my friends that running would not be a part of my future because I was asthmatic. Luckily, I was – and still am – as stubborn as they come! With the help of loving and encouraging parents, and working together with the Asthma and Allergy foundation, I was able to learn to manage – and even control, to an extent – my asthmatic symptoms whenever they arose.
In fact, I was so well able to manage and control my “illness” that I started running for my high school. With lots of hard work and dedication, I became the top runner for my school for three years. I can still remember the shocked looks on people’s faces (and the extremely proud one on mine) when folks learned that I was asthmatic! It was not only a way for me to develop discipline and learn to focus and achieve, but also for me to prove that all those people who told me I would never be able to run were completely wrong. The sweetest revenge is a life well lived, they say.
Life can sometimes get in the way of our dreams. When I finished my education, I entered the workforce immediately. I had bills to pay and a life to live. I still ran though - often in some local racing events. It was at one of these local, weekend races that I met Tom Derderian, renowned runner, coach, journalist, and author of the great book Boston Marathon. After a brief discussion with him, I decided to buy his book and suddenly that fire to run the Boston Marathon was sparked again.
Fast forward to April 16, 2013 and the tragic events of that day. My office building being only a block away from one of the detonation sites, I witnessed first-hand the chaos and terror that was inflicted on the community that morning. More importantly, I witnessed the heroism and resolution of victims, other runners, first responders and the City as a whole. In the face of loss and crisis, my City stood Strong and I could not be more proud.
After that day I knew it was time to kick myself in gear for the Marathon. I needed to help prove to myself, the community, and the world that Boston remains Boston Strong. In 2014 I applied for several teams and began training for the Marathon. Running in the 2014 Marathon just wasn't in the cards, but I am determined to make the most out of the training period between now and my chance at the 2015 Marathon.
I owe a big thanks to Zoo New England for graciously accepting me to their team for 2015! They have taught me about the importance of the conservation of the natural world – not only for our sake, but for the sake of all animals as well. Without organizations like Zoo New England, the animals, wildlife, and natural world would have no voice. If you've ever been hunting, camping, hiking, taken walks in the woods, or otherwise found solace somewhere in nature, you know the importance of keeping what precious little we have of it left.
If you ever want your kids to share experiences of what that's like with you, donating to Zoo New England will help keep these places intact for ours and future generations.
I run in this marathon for those who cannot, for all the asthmatics whose symptoms are too severe, to give a voice to the animals and wildlife that otherwise would go unheard, and to prove to the world that Boston remains Boston Strong!
Commonwealth Zoological Corporation wrote -
Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Zoo New England
Commonwealth Zoological Corporation D/B/A Zoo New England ("Zoo New England") is the private, non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England progamming is made possible through earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding.
Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the regional appeal of the Zoo.
Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC) was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo.