When I run the Boston Marathon in April 2020, I want it to be the most meaningful marathon I have ever run. I want to know that every step I take will benefit someone else.
Running a marathon and certainly, THE BOSTON MARATHON was never on my bucket list. In my early 40's I decided to start taking better care of myself. Better diet and consistent exercise was my main focus. Funny thing, a few months into my simple, yet effective, program, I added a little running. Then, with the encouragement of 1 person, before I knew it, I was at the start line of The Redding Marathon. That was January 13th, 2008. It was on the course that day some young lady, as she ran by, asked me a simple question: "Are you trying to qualify for Boston today?" I didn't even know what that meant! "Just trying to finish" was my response. Little did I know that that simple question would change the course of my life and my family's life!
This past April I completed my 11th consecutive Boston Marathon. I wish I had the time to tell you the whole story of our family's adventures getting to Boston every year over the last decade. Running it solo, with family members, friends, and athletes I have coached. It has been amazing. We have run in the heat, in record cold, wind, and yes, we were there in 2013. It was that year that I committed to myself that I would run Boston as long as I am able!
"We LOVE BOSTON!" we have always said. Without question, we do and I don't have any tangible way to prove that! I suppose in some way we have given something back to the town we love. However, to give back in a BIG WAY is the reason I have committed to raising $15,000 for Team BMC (Boston Medical Center).
Their Mission: "We will provide consistently excellent and accessible health services to all in need of care regardless of status or ability to pay – exceptional care, without exception."
One thing I know for certain, NOBODY SUCCEEDS ALONE!!! I would sincerely ask for your help in helping me meet and exceed my goal.