I started running in 2008 after I quit smoking. At the time I was overweight and out of shape, but I convinced myself that running would be a good substitute to smoking (not to mention a celebration of being able to breathe). I had no idea it would turn into such a huge part of my life. Yet, after I completed my first 5K in 2009, I knew there would be many more miles in my future. 10 years later, I've completed several races, including 3 half-marathons and 5 marathons...and I'm only getting started!
The Boston Marathon is one of those races that most marathoners want to run. It is iconic, due in large part to its elusive nature. You either have to be fast enough to qualify (which is really fast and gets faster as the years have progressed) or you have to embark on a huge fundraising journey. Though some argue that fundraising is harder than training, I am excited to have the opportunity to run again with the Museum of Science team. It promises to be an experience I will never forget.
All funds raised by the runners support the Museum of Science's 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 Traveling Programs staff made 1,089 outreach visits, taught 2,127programs, served over 100,000 people, and drove 65,367 miles. These programs provide special science education enrichment opportunities for schools and groups that otherwise do not have the financial resources for a field trip to the Museum. Your support will aid in scholarships, program expansion, and of course, the vans that make this entire program possible.
As someone who grew up in a rural environment, I know that access to education (or the lack thereof) is a real issue for many communities. These types of programs give children valuable exposure that translates into excitement for learning, interest in subjects and industries important to society and the ability to develop important life skills. More importantly, science programs like those the Traveling Programs provide give children an opportunity to think critically, analytically and creatively.
Please support my marathon training and race with a gift to my fundraising page. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of the students and teachers benefitting from the Traveling Programs presentations!
Every dollar makes a difference. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. If you want to follow along with my training, follow me on Instagram: @drubycoruns
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