November 29, 2016
BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Massachusetts Region
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
(Really) Short story:
You know me. You know all the great things the Red Cross does. You've heard of the Boston Marathon. I'm running next year's Boston Marathon to raise $10K for the American Red Cross. It would be an honor to have you contribute. The best part is that I am competing for additional funds today, #givingtuesday- the more I raise, the better chance I have at adding $2500 to my goal. So, please give right now!
(Slightly) Longer Story:
What's not to love about this opportunity? You have the chance to make a tax deductible gift to one of the world's best charities. You also get the joy of knowing that on Monday, April 17, 2017 I will be suffering through 26.2 miles of lung and leg-busting agony. It's a classic win-win.
As some of you know, I grew up in Boston (Needham, specifically), so this race is a special one. Cath and I used to live on Beacon St. in Brookline and the race went right past our front door. This year, the marathon is on Easter weekend, so I'll have most of my family there to cheer me on. You're more than welcome to join us!
And, in case you were wondering, an average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. So, please give until it hurts and please give today when it counts even more :)
(Even) Longer Story:
Our oldest son, Zach, just started at Boston College this year. Believe it or not, BC takes Patriot's Day off to let their students line the streets of Comm Ave and cheer on the runners passing by as they (hopefully) crest Heartbreak Hill. That's at Mile 20.5 (roughly). It would be a thrill to run past Zach and his friends this year and high five them on my way into Boston. I'm trying to get him to jump in with me for a few miles, but so far he's holding back.
At the same time, next year is a big birthday year for me. I won't tell you which one, but let's just say that the one upside is that I get to add a few seconds to my marathon qualifying time (if I ever want to put myself through this again). While I have completed six marathons, it's been almost twenty years since my last one. This will be a challenge, but I'm excited to see if I can break 3:30.
I also have a personal connection to the Red Cross Boston Marathon team. The team founder and captain, Karen Teller, is a close family friend, and has completed eight marathons. She is the inspiration behind team Red Cross and has helped build a 60-person team that this year hopes to raise $500,000. Karen is typically the team's biggest fundraiser but this year donated her number to me to run in her place. That means we have big shoes to fill for donations!
Since the start of 2016, the Red Cross has responded to 10 large scale disasters including historic flooding in West Virginia and Texas and wildfires in California. In 2015, the Red Cross responded to more than 176 large disasters in the U.S.
The American Red Cross helps people in need every single day, not just during large disasters. With your ongoing support, the Red Cross will continue to be there providing people in crisis with relief for today and hope for tomorrow. But please don't wait until tomorrow to give, please give today!
Thank you to those who have read this far- you have the stamina required to run a marathon! And thank you all for finding room in your hearts and wallets for the Red Cross and my fundraiser. I will keep you updated on our progress to $10K!