Boston Marathon 2014 – I’m In


I’ll have a more comprehensive post coming up about running the 2014 Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation’s Run For Research Team, but, for now, I’ll post the letter I’ve sent out, and then go from there!

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, Former Colleagues, and beyond,

Picking up my finisher’s medal for the Boston Marathon in 2012, soundly defeated by the hills and the heat, I promised myself I would not run the race again unless I qualified.  Moreover, I had no intention of embarking on another fundraising endeavor anytime in the near to foreseeable future.  The events of April 15, 2013 replaced those convictions with another one: Crossing the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon with my head held high in pride for every person who lines the race course year after year, for myself, and for my city.  When a crowd of 36,000 runners gathers in Athletes’ Village at Hopkinton High School on Patriots’ Day 2014, you can bet I’ll be there among them, but I need your help to get there.

This year I will be running for the American Liver Foundation’s Run For Research team, which I also ran for in 2009.  I had a great experience with the team and can’t wait to don an orange singlet this year!  Did you know:

  • Liver cancer is one of the few primary cancers on the rise in the United States.
  • Approximately 5.4 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. About 65% and 75% , respectively, are unaware that they are infected.
  • It is estimated that up to 25% of the U.S. population could have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease–a condition that can lead to life-threatening damage.

By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Foundation provide community-based education, research, support, and advocacy related to help prevent and treat liver disease. Together we can make a difference and it’s as simple as helping me reach my fundraising goal.

Because many seemed to have fun with it before, this year, as in year’s past, I pledge to run in a running skirt if I can raise the full amount before race day.  Hopefully  the effort will result in more smiles for spectators and fellow runners and will inject that much more joy into the experience for all.  I’ll also be working on some fun raffle giveaways for those who donate.  But the most exciting things I have to offer have both been offered by my lovely wife who is supporting me once again in running-related craziness.  First, Rebecca will be doing a bake sale, sending you a batch of baked goods in exchange for your donation, the details of which will be announced in the near future.  Everyone who donates will also be entered to win either a pair of socks or scarf knit by Rebecca.  I’ll also be donating a hand-knit scarf, personally knit by me, that I will raffle off to those who donate $100 or more during the month of October.

This year you’ll be able to follow all my training progress, and fundraising updates, via my blog, Once A Runner, Always A Runner.  Of course, for the non-blog reading audience I’ll send periodic e-mails to this list.  Have enough emails coming into your inbox?  It’s easy to unsubscribe using the link below the text.

And now the most important part…to make donation to the American Liver Foundation, and help me get to my goal of raising $4,000, please visit this link: http://go.liverfoundation.org/goto/mrobertson.  Every little bit helps, but your support through a winter of training matters just as much!  Thank you all!

Sincerely,

Michael

 

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