So, uh, that happened …
In 2016 I ran the Boston marathon.
Well, 99.9% of it.
It was a warm day and what I call “sneaky hot”—65˚ for most of the race and sunny. Comfortable for spectators, which is not good for runners. Having run 3:00:07 at the 2015 race (a 45˚ and rainy day) I was pushing for a sub-3 race, and my training supported it, as did my pace for the first 18 miles. Unfortunately the weather did not.
As I turned the corner on to Boylston Street for the final sprint to the finish, my body temperature was spiking. I crossed the finish line, aided by two other runners, with a temperature of 108.8˚ (the medical term for this is “no bueno”) and was hustled to the medical tent for a dip in the ice bath (Boston’s heat protocol is on point). Once I cooled down, I was taken out, but didn’t come to and kept getting colder. This was a new problem, and not one the team had seen previously, so I was put in an ambulance and taken to the nearest ER.
Tufts Medical Center is half a mile from the finish of the marathon. If you’re in bad shape, you go there. (They treated many of the victims of the 2013 bombing, who were in far worse shape than I was.) Four hours after finishing, I came to in the ICU; the attending nurse told me I’d finished the Boston Marathon and I reflexively asked “what was my time?”
(Want to know more? Simply google Ari Ofsevit Marathon and read on.)
Three days later, thanks to the care provided by Tufts, I walked out; I was running a few weeks later and clocked a trail marathon later that summer. My time at Boston—3:03:05—was not quite enough to make the 2017 race (another “sneaky hot” day) but I was given the opportunity this past spring to thank the 700-strong medical team on the morning of the race. Four weeks later, I toed the line of the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine and clocked a 2:58:46, breaking the three hour barrier and plenty fast to qualify for the 2018 race. (My sister qualified there too, and if you want to support both members of the #OfsevitsRunBoston team, she is raising money for a good cause as well.)
This year, I’ll be running on the Tufts Medical Team, raising money for the mission of Tufts Medical Center to provide for the health of the community on Marathon Monday, and the other 364 days of the year as well. And don’t worry, mom, I’ve learned: if it’s hot, I’ll slow to a trot (I successfully executed this at the Chicago Marathon this fall). The top goal is to finish, drink a beer that afternoon and raise money for the Tufts team. I certainly don’t want to go back to Tufts involuntarily under similar circumstances!
TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER wrote:
Thank you for supporting Team Tufts MC in our 2018 Boston Marathon efforts. This is our fifth year fielding a team in the Boston Marathon and we are honored to be a part of this historic day through the Boston Marathon’s Official Charity Program.
Our runners are making the 26.2-mile journey to raise vital funds for Tufts Medical Center. Funds raised through Team Tufts MC go toward our mission of providing compassionate care, conducting life-changing research and educating future physicians and scientists – all while keeping our patients at the center of everything we do. Join us in supporting our runners and our Medical Center!
Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes – all donations to Team Tufts MC are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
I have a check to send in, where should I send it?
Please send all checks to the below address. Make sure to note who the donation should be credited towards.
Tufts Medical Center Development Office
Team Tufts MC
800 Washington Street, #231
Boston, MA 02111
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