Tonight’s event was awesome. Over 100 local runners turned out to run as one, in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon. This was my first “real” run since Marathon Monday. It felt great running again, especially for a cause like this. I think it’s helped all of us feel like we a helping in some small way.
Join us May 15th at 6:30PM
It was supposed to be a day of challenges. A day of personal feats. A day of charity and goodwill. A day of celebration. But what happened that day at the Boston Marathon was absolutely horrific. Innocent lives were taken. Other innocent lives have been changed forever. Heroes emerged. Our city showed its strength. Law enforcement officials did not rest until finding those responsible. And now its our time to take care of the victims and their families. Its our time to get back out and run Boston Strong.
Join us at the Boston Fund Run on the one month anniversary of the tragic events of the marathon for a FREE community 5k run/walk. There will be no registration fees, no swag, no shirts, no timing, no prizes and absolutely no merchandise for sale. We will be collecting voluntary donations for The One Fund Boston. Many of you have already donated in your own way or can’t and that’s okay, we still want you here! If you are unable or do not want to run or walk the course, come on down and volunteer or just hang out. This is as much of a community event as a fundraiser.
Directions & Parking
The Raynham Lions Club is located at 2234 King Philip St Raynham, MA 02767. Take Exit 13B off of Route 24 onto Route 44W. Follow Route 44W and then take a right at the lights onto Dean Street (next to 99 Restaurant). From Dean Street take a left onto King Philip Street. The Lions Club will be on your right almost immediately.
Parking will be in two locations. The Lions Club parking lot is tight, so please follow the guidance of our volunteers in parking so we may maximize it. Additional parking will be directly across the street at the Senior Center and some will be available in the soccer field lot (there are Raynham youth sports going on simultaneously). Volunteers will be available to direct you, look for the folks in orange.
5:30PM: Registration Opens
6:15PM: Pre-race ceremony
For years, my marathon training plan seemed to have no real purpose except to make sure I ran a certain amount of miles each week. So this year I bought a plan from Runner’s World with a little bit of skepticism. I could not understand how it could be dramatically different than what I have been doing, which was running, but to my surprise, it was different.
Every day over the 16 weeks had a purpose. The plan had easy runs, tempo runs, long slow runs, Yasso’s, strides, fast finishes, hills and more. It also had set paces during these runs. Many of the runs were slower than I would have expected, especially when the goal was to get faster, but I decided to trust the training plan. I found out later that I would have plenty of speed workouts to make up the difference.
One of my new techniques that the plan taught me was the negative split. This method of running is where you run the first half of the race slower than the second half. I have been using it in many of my training runs. I also have tested this technique during the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler and Hyannis ½ marathon with good results.
I plan to run Boston using a negative split. It seems a little overwhelming based on previous marathons. The second half of the marathon has been where I traditionally get tired, and a couple of times have hit the wall. I will have to trust my training and listen to what my body is telling me throughout the run.
It looks like many of you who have been supporting me in my efforts to raise money for Dana-Farber and the Claudia Adams Barr Cancer Research program has also embraced the negative split. This year’s fundraising started slow. I was getting a little concerned around the half-way point that I might not even reach my minimum required amount. Well, we have had a monstrous negative split and during the past 7 days, you have donated almost $2,000. This has pushed me over my goal of $6,000 and looks like I may have over $7,000 if the Company Matching Gifts come in by the marathon.
Nicole was great and made it nice an easy for all of us. She started by interviewing Brendan. What a super star! He looked a professional. Brendan’s parents, Scott and Alexis then start down with Nicole for a bit to discuss Brendan and his treatments over the past couple of years. They wanted a few running shots, so they had me head outside for a few running shots before that sat me in front of the camera. I’ve run hundreds of miles this training season, none as self-conscience as that few strides.
We can’t wait to see how it came out. Let us know what you think!
I had so much fun on Saturday at the Poster Party with you. I think we did a pretty good job this year. Your mom saved the day with the re-positional letters. Not only where they better than drawing each letter by hand, we saved a lot of time.
I think my favorite decorations were the hamburger and fried stickers that you brought. They were so cool! I can’t wait to see the finished product at the pasta party on April 15th.
I can’t believe how many fellow DFMC runners know who you. You are like a rock star! So many people after the run were telling me to say “Hello” to Brendan for me. I was able to talk to a few of them for a bit, and they were so happy to hear how well the past couple of months have gone for you. At the time, I didn’t even know you have been removed from precautions; so even more great news.
Two of your biggest fans ask me about you every time I run into them. They are Jan Ross and Jack Fultz. Both work hard making the DFMC possible so people like us can team up for such an awesome event like the Boston Marathon (and to raise money to help doctors and scientist make cancer an endangered species!). Even with their busy schedule, they take the time to hear the stories and get know everyone involved, including you.
One of the many reason why I wanted to get involved with Dana-Farber was a night back in May 2010. Nikki invited me to come to a Dana-Farber Leadership Council meeting hosted by Eaton Vance in Boston. When I got there, I was given a name tag with a number on it. The number represented which table I was to sit. There were 6 tables. Also attending the meeting were 6 Dana-Farber doctors leading various research initiatives.
I sat at my table with 9 others and the first doctor sat down and discussed who they were and what type of cancer research they were doing. After 10 minutes we had an additional 10 minutes to ask any questions we wanted before a bell would ring and the doctors would rotate tables.
Time, money, ideas, politics, beliefs, egos, education all seem to be both roadblocks and catalysts for cancer research. The one thing that was consistent with each doctor that spoke with us, was their commitment to their cause. These people were the 1%. Not the 1% percent that has been in the news lately over Wall St. They was the gifted men and women who will discovery the next cancer treatment, vaccine and lifesaver. But they realize that they can’t act alone. They need 100% of us to be apart of the solution.
You are probably wondering how this all relates to you and the DFMC. Brendan, you are the bright star in the sky leading us. Your strength during your ordeal and willingness to share it with all of us makes me want work with Dana-Farber. It empowers people like Jan, Jack and others to create opportunities like the DFMC. It drives the doctors and scientists to find the answers to the why, what and how of cancers.
So buddy, shine on!
I haven’t talked to you since last week. Did you tell your Mom and Dad about our “media event” in March? Are they up for it? How excited are you about getting your last round of chemo? I am so happy for you. Your marathon finish line is in site!
Well, I finally finished my fundraising letter. DFMC likes for us to get the letter out early, but I always seem to put it off. I never know what I am going to write about, so I just start typing and then see what it looks like. I have to say, I like this year’s letter. I decided to talk about our time together last year. It was an inspiring moment and I hope it will inspire others. Take a look and let me know know you think.