On April 15, 2013, I was at a conference in Miami, sneaking bits of coverage of the Boston marathon online when the unthinkable happened. I watched, first in horror as the historic event was bombed and related manhunt and city lockdown ensued and then with pride in the days after as the city of Boston came together in support of all of those impacted.
From David Ortiz’s “This is our F****** city” speech at the first Sox game back to the crowd singing the anthem at the Bruins home game just a few days later, it was inspiring to watch and I decided that I was going to earn the right to stand on that start line in Hopkinton and run the Boston Marathon someday.
At the time, I was a “one and done” marathoner, having run San Diego in 2012 in a respectable 4 hours and 39 minutes. To achieve my goal of running Boston, it would mean dropping over an hour of time from that San Diego time. When I told people what I was going to do, I was met with a reaction of: “Seriously?! You are not [thin/fast/tall/dedicated/talented/work-life balanced/other] enough to drop that sort of time and qualify.”
It has been a long road for me. A lot of setbacks – whether it be weather, injury, poor racing decisions, just bad luck in some cases. However, I can finally say that the “someday” is today. I have been accepted to run the 2020 Boston Marathon.
On top of that, I have the honor of being asked to run for the David Ortiz Children's Fund. What a better way to celebrate qualifying for Boston than to work with David Ortiz to make a difference in the life of children who need critical cardiac care.
Thank you all for your support and generosity all of these years!