I'm not going to lie - running the Boston Marathon is hard. Everything hurts: your feet, legs, knees, hips, back, and shoulders. You have times where you feel like throwing up or can't find a bathroom fast enough. It's mentally fatiguing. And then there is the weather on the day of the race: sometimes hot enough to make you pass out, and sometimes cold enough to cause hypothermia. Medical staff are always on hand for a reason. Training for the marathon is nearly as hard because each week you push your body to do more than it's ever done - through a New England winter.
So why do it? Two reasons:
First, I'm running the marathon because I remember my large engineering courses in college were 98% male, and today they are 74% male. As the parent of a 12-year old girl, those numbers are discouraging. I want my daughter to succeed, and I don't want her to believe STEM is 'for boys.' I want her to be confident in math, science and engineering, and the Museum helps me expose her in a fun and interactive way. I believe many families that are underrepresented in STEM want the same, and the Traveling Programs brings the Museum to them.
Second, it's an experience that, once accomplished, is extremely rewarding. Afterward, you feel like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. The training is a journey filled with lessons that you can apply to many aspects of your life. You get mentally stronger; physically stronger; and you elevate your bar for success - for everything. Running for a charity elevates this experience to a euphoric level. Surrounded by a group of people that want to improve the lives of others makes you want to make the world a better place too. We meet as a group each weekend to run, share our charity goals, and get help with our challenges. The stories people share make us cry each week, and we finish our runs inspired and motivated. And the support we receive from people like you - family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors - is a lesson in humility that everyone should experience. Thank you!
In 2010, the Boston Athletic Association awarded community partner bibs to the Museum of Science for the Boston Marathon®. All funds raised by the runners would support the Traveling Programs. Traveling Programs’ mission is to teach exciting outreach programs that ignite curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M).
Last year the Museum of Science made 1,089 outreach visits, taught 2,127programs, served over 100,000 people, and drove 65,367 miles. Communities need science enrichment programs more than ever, and we need your help. Your support will aid in scholarships, program expansion, and of course, the vans that make this entire program possible. Thank you!