Like any runner, and especially any runner from Boston, I’ve always harbored a desire to cross the Boston finish line. However, I didn’t believe I’d ever get to do it. I’m not a fast enough runner to qualify, and although I loved doing the LA Marathon last year, the training was so hard and time-consuming that I didn’t feel totally ready to commit again.
So I decided I’d submit just one application to run the marathon for charity, to an organization I’d be proud to support, and let the chips fall where they may. I was thrilled when Dana-Farber accepted me as a member of their team. Several people I love have had their cancers treated through Dana-Farber and received the best of care, while other loved ones have benefited from the scientific discoveries made there. The money raised by marathon runners goes directly into research programs at Dana-Farber. It’s a cause I feel good about supporting.
Which is a good thing, because I am going to need to raise a lot of money before April 20, 2015. Of course I’d love it if my friends and family donated (and do remember to use your work’s matching gifts program if they have one!). I am also hoping to have some fun events to raise money, so be on the lookout for that. If you can, please consider donating to me on my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge page. It’s tax-deductible, and as I said, goes to an excellent cause.
Finally, I am adding a new page to my blog to provide updates on my training and fundraising through the marathon. Training won’t begin in earnest until later this year, but once it does, you can expect long run horror stories and adventures in cross-training. I’ll also let people know how I am tracking toward my fundraising goal and what is in the works to get there.
Yes, I said I was done with marathons. I meant it, I did, but Boston is bucket-list material. After this one I’ll really mean it, ok?