“And there came a day unlike any other, when Scott Wegrzyn won a lottery spot on the John Hancock Boston Marathon Training Program! On that day a Boston marathoner was born! To run mile after mile as part of a team, to overcome the mileage that no single novice runner could withstand!”
I began writing that introduction around Halloween, openly borrowing from the written introduction Stan Lee created for The Avengers comic in 1963. Mr. Lee inspired legions of fans throughout his life, letting them know they should go out into the world and pursue their hopes and dreams. With his recent passing, I am absolutely taking these words to heart. After all, if the dysfunctional heroes of the Marvel Universe could band together to defeat their greatest foes (except Thanos /finger-snap), training with a team to race 26.2 miles in April 2019 should be a piece of cake.
One of a lucky few, I was randomly chosen to be a part of this training program with my Manulife and John Hancock colleagues from literally around the world. Over the next 22 weeks I am committed to setting aside time each day to train in some fashion. On race day, I have no doubt that I will be both physically and mentally equipped to run the 2019 Boston Marathon.
With great opportunities, comes great responsibility. In my case, I am using my platform as a member of the John Hancock Boston Marathon Training Program to make a real, tangible difference in the world. My goal is to raise $5,000 for JDRF, formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF leads the global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research effort to keep people healthy and safe until a cure is found for the disease, with an ultimate goal to create a world without T1D.
On Marathon Monday 2019, my wife and daughter will be cheering me on as I run from Hopkinton to Boston. In my heart I know that my wife’s sister, Laura, will be looking down on me from above and sending encouraging words as I run the course. Laura lived with T1D almost her entire life, fighting bravely, but ultimately losing her battle at age 26.
Please join me in working to create a world without T1D. Any donation is appreciated. Thank you for reading to the end, or more appropriately…’Nuff Said!