I am incredibly honored to be running this year's Boston Marathon on 4.20.20, for charity, fundraising on behalf of Community Rowing, Inc., for their para-rowing programs giving youth and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the profound physical and mental benefits of rowing. I can directly attest to these benefits, having been on the Trinity College Women's crew team and having had a chance to row on the Thames with Queen Mary University of London while doing a semester abroad. While I dont currently row, my husband, Matt, is an active member of a competitive men's masters race team, and he lives and breathes the sport every day. What we love about it is that while rowing is absolutely a team sport, it is just as much about the individual athlete- it offers enablement and empowerment with the chance to discover one's own potential. CRI's para program takes that concept to the next level and helps its athletes realize what their capable of, through the sport and its adaptove offerings.
This will be my 12th marathon (yup, that's 26.2 miles!) but first time running Boston, which has always been an absolute dream of mine! It will be my second world major; I have run Chicago Marathon numerous times and have been granted Legacy Status, and I did get into the NYC Marathon but it was the year it got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy so unfortunately I didn't get the chance to run that yet. All of these efforts feed into my long term goal of becoming a 6-Star World Marathon Majors Finisher (run Chicago, NYC, London, Tokyo, Berlin, and the super coveted BOSTON!!!!)
This opportunity means the world to me and I so appreciate your generosity and any support you can provide.
Follow my journey on Instagram: Lizrunsboston and read on below to learn more about the fantastic work that CRI is doing!
Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) was founded in Boston in 1985 by a group of Olympic and National Team rowers who wanted to expand access and increase diversity within the sport of rowing. We are now the largest public access rowing organization in the world with more than 12,000 active participants from the Greater Boston area.
Our mission is “Rowing for All” and we make the sport accessible without regard to individual ability, background, experience, or income. We aim to change lives, from the eighth-grader living with food insecurity who finds new stability and connections at CRI, to adults rediscovering what it means to be on a team, to the student with disabilities who develops confidence and a lifelong love of rowing. CRI is the USRowing Para Training Center, the first national training center for rowers with disabilities in the United States, and we are committed to advancing Para Rowing at all levels. Our programs are transformative, inspiring teamwork and cooperation, self-advocacy and drive, and a deep appreciation for our city.
Community Rowing is thrilled to have athletes fundraising for the 2020 Boston Marathon in support of our Para Rowing programs, giving youth and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the profound physical and mental benefits of rowing. Our marathon runners will be providing direct support to CRI’s innovation and advocacy for Para athletes and for the continuing development of our inclusion programs.