Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2019 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the Boston Athletic Association’s 36 official charities. Established in 1989, the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program provides entries to nonprofit organizations. The organizations then recruit runners, who must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 each. “It’s a very important part of the work we do and is one of the ways the B.A.A. is able to give back to the eight cities and towns along the route that do so much to support us,” said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.’s manager of charity and community partnerships. The 2018 charity runners raised $19.2 million, according to a July press release by the B.A.A. Combined with other fundraising, including the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the 2018 Boston Marathon raised a total of $36.6 million. All participating charities focus on health, fitness, and the local community, with causes … [Read more...] about The Boston Marathon has 36 official charity teams. Here’s how you can donate to them.
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Thousands of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton on Monday. Some will be running the 26.2-mile course for the first time. Others will have already crossed the finish line more than a dozen times. Being crowned with a gold laurel wreath and securing a spot on the podium is the goal for some of the athletes, but for others, the race is a way to give back, conquer obstacles, and create change. No matter where you look, it won’t be hard to find inspiration in the runners’ perseverance and grit. Here are just a few of those running the race whose inspirational stories will make you want to cheer. 1. Garrett FitzGerald Three years ago, Garrett FitzGerald was traveling in New Hampshire with three fellow Secret Service agents when their car was struck head-on. He sustained spinal cord injuries that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He told CBS Boston that, since the accident, he’s regained some arm movement and he’s been making … [Read more...] about 15 runners who will inspire you this Marathon Monday
Mary Shertenlieb was nervous. As she set off from Staten Island on Sunday along with the thousands of others running the New York City Marathon she couldn’t get another race out of her head. A brutally-cold and rainy April run from Hopkinton to Boston. The 42-year-old, who endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to fight off cancer three times in the last five years, ran the 2018 Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line after midnight after the weather conditions forced her to take a break from the 26.2-mile trek. Her perseverance to finish Boston caught the attention of Michelob Ultra, which offered her a spot to run the 2018 New York City Marathon along with a $10,700 donation to a charity of her choosing. At the time, Shertenlieb said she couldn’t say no to such an offer. But heading into the New York race, the specter of her experience in Boston loomed. She did not want to finish last again. Tenth from last would be OK, she said, but … [Read more...] about Mary Shertenlieb battled rain and cold to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. She didn’t finish last in New York.