Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) is an organized group of Harvard students, employees, and alums that raises money, through running, to benefit the health, education, and welfare of Boston-area youth and families. Your donation to HCMC will benefit the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Summer Urban Program (SUP). PBHA SUP delivers educational and enrichment programming to underserved youth throughout the Greater Boston area. Since its inception in 2005-06, HCMC runners have raised over $782,000 for causes such as PBHA SUP. Thanks for your generosity, no matter how large or how small!
I am Kevin Kurgat, a sophomore at the college, and I'm super excited to have the opportunity to run in the Boston Marathon for the Harvard PBHA! This organization helps to set me and other students to volunteer with programs and organization all over the greater Boston area. Now they have set me and 4 other students with the opportunity to run at one of the world's most popular marathons (through your suport of course). The funds we raise will not only cover the racing fee, but also help to support the Summer Urban Program — a series of summer camps created for the children of Boston including Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment, Native American Youth Enrichment Program, and Roxbury Youth Initiative. These camps are an affordable opportunity for children to learn, have fun, and visit many new places during their months off school. For more information, visit http://pbha.org/programs/sup/.
My goal is to raise $3,00 dollars to which the PBHA will match the funds at a 1:4 ratio to secure the $13,000 required to secure a spot in the race.
I've run long-distance in Cross Country and Track & Field in high school, but this will be my first experience in 20mi+ distance. I look forward to the mental and physical growth that this challenge will yield. Additionally, the hype around Boston during race day is an atmosphere that is like no other; and, while I watched it as a spectator last race, it will be awesome to be on the other side of the fence as a runner. I had the opportunity to visit my parents' hometown in Kenya this past summer, and I was able to see the world class training faciliteis as well as athletes training along the roads of Iten. My cousins are quite fast runners themselves, and when I tell them of my running experiences in the States, they almost let out a chuckle. While they are well experienced in long distance, by running this extra long race, I can have the upper hand.
I appreciate every contribution given to help me achieve this feat and will be proud to run knowing I'm supported by all of you!