*Update, September 5, 2020: Marathon complete! I ran 26.2 miles on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, finishing in 3:51, well under my goal of four hours--helped, no doubt, by not having to face Heartbreak Hill. Although this isn't how I expected the marathon to go, it was a wonderful experience nevertheless (with a few extra months of summer training thrown into the mix!). I definitely plan to do another marathon once races can happen again--which, hopefully, will be soon!*
*Update, June 2020: the Marathon has officially been cancelled as an in-person event. Although this is disappointing, the race will be run "virtually" instead: a verified 26.2 mile run on September 14 will count as the Boston Marathon. I'm planning to resume training at the beginning of July and run the "virtual" Marathon--now I'll just have to find a course. Thank you all for your continued support!*
*Update, May 2020: the Marathon has been rescheduled for September 14. But we're still training! Our organizations need help all the more as they react to the effects of COVID-19 in our community, including by providing mental healthcare and educational services to those in need.*
I'm thrilled to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon with Team Brookline!
Kim and I moved to Brookline right before last year’s Marathon. Over my fifteen years in Boston, I’d always admired the marathoners from afar, but, watching the race up close in Coolidge Corner, I saw how much it brought the community together. As many of you know, I’m not a runner – until a few months ago, I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’d ever run longer than a mile.
With Team Brookline, I’ll be running on behalf of several causes that have been important to me and my family over the years, including mental health care, education and literacy, and music. The organizations for which I'm raising money serve Brookline and our neighboring communities.
The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health provides outstanding mental health care and community-based social services regardless of ability to pay. The Brookline Center created and manages the BRYT program, which helps students transition back to school after mental health-related absences and has launched in 137 schools across Massachusetts.
The Brookline Library Foundation supports facilities, books and initiatives for the Public Library of Brookline. Recent projects have included supporting a renovation of the Coolidge Corner location, making Chromebook laptops available for checkout at all libraries, and supporting children’s programming.
The Brookline Education Foundation provides grants for training and innovation to teachers and programs across the Brookline Public School system.
The Brookline Symphony Orchestra brings performances by volunteer musicians to the community, including a number of free outreach events in schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
The Brookline Teen Center offers teens a place to study and play, including a computer lab, study space, music recording studio, and fitness facilities. Funded entirely by private donations and largely managed by teens themselves, the Teen Center is a hive of activity at nearly all hours, giving teens a creative outlet and supportive space outside of school.
I would be so grateful if you would consider a donation of any size to support my run and these wonderful organizations. Your support means a lot, and it will make all the midwinter training runs that much easier 😊. Thank you!
About Team Brookline:
Team Brookline, the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team, is a committed group of adult runners who train together for the Boston Marathon while raising funds for five partner charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Brookline Teen Center.
In 2019, Team Brookline was in the top 25 of all Boston Marathon charity teams.
Since its inception in 2012, more than 155 runners, supported by friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and each other, as well as local businesses, have raised $1.675 million to strengthen our community and make a true impact in the lives of all who live, work, or go to school in Brookline. When you train and run with Team Brookline, you strengthen our community, expanding access to mental health care, literacy, the arts, youth development programs, and education.
Learn more at www.teambrookline.org.