Posts Tagged ‘Marathon’

2016 Boston Marathon Charities

September 17, 2015

Greetings readers! I’ve tried to make a habit of putting each year’s Boston Marathon charity information all in one place to make it easier to find information on each one, particularly where to go to apply as the BAA site’s given web addresses aren’t always the best place to go.  I’ll keep updating this list with more charities and information as it becomes available.  Good luck in applying!

American Liver Foundation

Since 1989, the Run For Research program has made a dramatic impact on the American Liver Foundation’s mission – to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.  Last year’s team raised over $1.1 million and had team members from across the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Team members receive a comprehensive training program presented by our seasoned team coaches for runners of all levels, informative team meetings and fun social events, weekly group runs, two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course, race day gear, and complimentary massages, showers, and snacks post-race. To help runners excel in raising funds, the American Liver Foundation also provides fundraising tips, resources and supplies.  Join us this season as we run to fight the over 100 types of liver disease!

Program Benefits

Our longstanding Run for Research program has been revered as one of the most supportive, energizing, and fun charity teams.  Team benefits include:

  • Access to our seasoned coaches
  • Training plans catered to specific ability levels
  • Saturday team runs
  • Two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course
  • Team meetings & social events
  • Patient Runner Connection Program
  • Personalized fundraising webpage and fundraising assistance
  • Discounted Marathon Weekend hotel rooms at the Westin Copley Place Hotel
  • Marathon Weekend Events: Team Brunch Celebration, Post Marathon Party with complementary showers, massages, food & more!
  • Race day shirt or singlet

Daria Zavarelli
Campaign Manager
dzavarelli@liverfoundation.org
617-527-5600 ext. 2032

American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts, through its networks of volunteers, donors and partners, enables ordinary people to act in extraordinary circumstances by providing hope and care, and by preparing communities to face the unexpected. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts serves 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth with a population of over 6.6 million people.  Funds raised by Team Red Cross help support our vital programs and services across our service areas: Disaster Relief, Service to the Armed Forces, Health and Safety Training, Biomedical Services, Food and Nutrition Programs, and International Services.

Nicole Marcotte
teamredcrossboston@redcross.org
617-274-5243

American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team

“Tedy’s Team,” is a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association through their training for the Boston Marathon® and many other major road races. Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them – calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Elizabeth A. Perry
Vice President, Athletics
Elizabeth.Perry@heart.org
781.373.4515

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers. We are committed to excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and education, and to the health and wellness of our patients and our communities.

At BIDMC, our goal is to serve our patients compassionately and effectively and to create a healthy future for them and their families. BIDMC is home to a world-renowned academic research program where scientific discoveries are helping to transform medical care. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BIDMC has raised medical education to a higher level, with a strong program that enhances our ability to attract top faculty and residents. Our nurses have a longstanding reputation of leadership in patient care and compassion, and our focus on safety and quality patient care has helped establish us as a national leader in health care quality, safety, and transparency.

Team BIDMC Boston Marathon runners support these efforts to effectively provide outstanding personalized care for all of our patients.

Amy Fisher
ajfisher@bidmc.harvard.edu
617-667-7341

Minimum Fundraising Requirement: $6,000

Boston Bruins Foundation

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, the Foundation has raised more than $19 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

Join our team on Marathon Monday and proudly wear the BLACK and GOLD to help raise awareness and funds to support those in need from our community.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2016 Boston Marathon Team. For the 2016 race, all runners must commit to raising a minimum of $5,500.00 for the Boston Bruins Foundation. In return, runners will receive some Boston Bruins race day swag, race day amenities, and viewing parties to help with your fundraising.

Applications are due prior to Wednesday, October 14, 2015. All submissions require a $50.00, non-refundable donation to the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Runners will be notified by Friday, November 13, 2015, if they were or were not selected to run the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation.

For any questions please contact foundationintern@bostonbruins.com or call 617-624-1981.

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

The mission of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is to extend the reach of the Celtics championship legacy into our community through programs that directly benefit children in need. To do this, the Foundation applies a team mentality much like that of the 17-time world champion Celtics – and relies on key partnerships with New England-based non-profit organizations who provide vital services to youth and to whom we offer funding and resources to help increase our collective impact in the community.

Cynthia Brennan
cbrennan@celtics.com
617-784-4342

Boston Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. Funds raised through the B.A.A Boston Marathon Charity Program help keep Boston Children’s Hospital in the forefront of pediatric care, research, training and community service, ensuring the best care available to all children.

Ali Felcher
run@chtrust.org
857-218-3568

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

One hospital. Two extraordinary marathon teams. Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is excited to assemble two outstanding Boston Marathon teams: the Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. team, dedicated to raising funds across all disciplines and disease areas at BWH, and the Stepping Strong team, inspired by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, and dedicated to fueling innovative research and clinical programs to advance trauma healing. A proud partner with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), our two teams are united in a powerful mission: transforming the future of medicine for patients and families here in Boston and around the world.

Caroline Duncan
bwhmarathonprogram@partners.org
617-424-4263

Minimum Fundraising Requirement: $5,000

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

For the past decade, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 1,000 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.

Attending a day camp in the summer is a typical life experience for most children, but many barriers can impede the participation of children disadvantaged by socio-economic or disability status. For example, many camps in the Boston area are expensive or are unprepared to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Camp Shriver is unique in that it fully addresses both these potential barriers. While other summer programs may accept some children with disabilities or offer scholarships to lessen the cost to families, Camp Shriver provides the summer camp experience to an equal number of children with and without disabilities and does so at no cost to their families, who come from low-income neighborhoods or are otherwise disadvantaged.

At Camp Shriver, all children have the chance to learn and play – as equals.

Applications for our 2016 Marathon Team are now open and are due by October 31.

Members will receive access to:

  • a comprehensive marathon training program with the support of a professional running coach in partnership with several other Boston Marathon charities – the Boston Marathon Coalition,
  • sponsored weekly training runs, including water stops and a 21-mile long run from Hopkinton into Boston,
  • kick-off event in November at the Museum of Science and Marathon Day amenities including a meeting room at the Westin Copely hotel near the finish line,
  • fundraising support, including one-on-one phone calls / meetings with a development professional,
  • Camp Shriver running gear, and
  • additional team meetings and events to be announced!

Barbara Gildea
barbara.gildea@umb.edu
617-287-7247

Cops for Kids With Cancer

Cops For Kids With Cancer is a charity that gives money directly to families who are dealing with the challenge of having a child sick with cancer. The volunteer charity board consists primarily of Police Officers and/or retired Police Officers who want each family to feel the positive reinforcement that someone else cares. These families are each awarded $5000 to help relieve the stress of financial burdens and hopefully put a small smile on their face. If you can imagine, you can understand. Cops For Kids With Cancer does not have salaries or expense accounts, all monies are returned to the families in need.

William Coulter
ironman82@comcast.net
781-843-3904

CYCLE Kids, Inc.

CYCLE Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of strengthening the emotional and physical health of kids by inspiring them to lead active and nutritious lifestyles through a supportive, in-school biking and nutrition program. Through teamwork and goal-setting exercises, kids gain confidence, learn important knowledge and skills, and become more comfortable socially with peers and mentors. They begin to bike to school and engage in this fun activity with their family and friends outside of school hours, getting them active every day.

Thanks to the strong curriculum and the support systems that the program fosters, CYCLE Kids has seen 52% improvement in physical activity of students, 71% improvement in nutritional intelligence, and 48% improvement in personal and social growth. Our programs are primarily in low-income communities in Massachusetts, as well as in 8 states across the country. With 45 programs, we reach more than 3,000 students and families each year.

We are thrilled to be an official charity of the 120th Boston Marathon. A partnership between CYCLE Kids and the Boston Athletic Association in the 2016 Boston Marathon is a partnership for the health and wellbeing of children and families in our community.

To be considered for the 2016 CYCLE Kids Boston Marathon Team, you will need to download a packet of information that will include the 2016 CYCLE Kids Marathon Team Guidelines, an Application, and a Liability Waiver. Once you have read these documents and filled out the required information, please sign and date them and mail all three items to us by November 12th, 2015. You will be notified by December 1st, 2015 at the latest if you have been selected for the team. We will be notifying runners on a rolling basis.

A non-refundable $100 application processing fee will be charged to your card when you submit your application.  Minimum fundraising requirement: $5,000

Julianne Idlet
info@cyclekids.org
617-661-0908

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Help reach the ultimate finish line—a world without cancer—by running the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), a global leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Dana-Farber is acclaimed worldwide for its comprehensive approach to state-of-the-art, compassionate patient care and its “bench to bedside” continuum from laboratory research to novel therapeutics. The Institute is the top ranked cancer hospital in New England for the 15th consecutive year, and is the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top four for both adult and pediatric cancer programs.

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) is a team of Boston Marathon invitational and time-qualified runners united by their personal commitment and determination to conquer cancer. Now in its 27th season, DFMC directs all funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, a critical Dana-Farber initiative at the forefront of transformative scientific discovery.

DFMC teammates have a rewarding, memorable experience while supporting a superb, pioneering institution:

•  Fundraising made easy and fun
•  The best training program around
•  DFMC Patient and In-Memory Partner Program
•  Marathon weekend festivities
•  Exclusive amenities and commemorative items
•  Unsurpassed camaraderie and volunteer support

Team Requirements for DFMC ’16 Invitational Entry Runners
For runners using a race entry provided by Dana-Farber

  • $75 team registration fee
  • $5,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $600 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Dana-Farber Running Programs
617-632-1970 or Toll-free 800-551-7036
DFMC@DFCI.harvard.edu

Doug Flutie Foundation

The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978-852-7891

Dream Big!

The mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and program fees needed to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education, and overall well-being.

Dream Big! partners with organizations, schools and community health centers in economically disadvantaged communities to identify and fulfill the equipment, uniform, athletic footwear, program fees and training needs of girls from low-income situations, in elementary, junior high and high school in order to help them engage in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

In addition Dream Big! works to create opportunities for girls to develop social connections with peers and mentors; maintain healthy, active lives; assume leadership roles; and grow physically, emotionally, and socially through sports, clinics, camps, sporting events and the annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference for female athletes from urban communities.

Dream Big! equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conference impacted over 6000 girls and young women from 50 different sports programs and schools in economically disadvantaged communities last year. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help Dream Big! to further breakdown the economic barrier that currently prevents many girls from participating in sports and physical activities by increasing equipment, athletic footwear and sports attire donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and training opportunities available to girls in need.

Team Requirements for Dream Big! Marathon Team Numbers

  • $40 non-refundable team registration fee
  • $5,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $350 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Linda Driscoll
bostonmarathon@dream-big.org
857-404-0123

Family Aid Boston

FamilyAid Boston is proud to have the generous contribution of non-qualifying charity marathon bibs from the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program for the 2016 Boston Marathon. These numbers will be assigned to runners who are not time-qualified for the Marathon based on each applicant’s responses on the FamilyAid Boston application. Please return applications as soon as possible but no later than Friday, October 23, 2015.

Hale Reservation

The Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures program is a proud partner of Boston’s Public Schools Summer Learning Project (SLP). The four main goals include: (1) reversing summer learning loss in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, (2) helping students develop the vital social-emotional skills that research supports are necessary for school, college, and career success, (3) strengthening school-community partnerships through high quality programming, and (4) promoting student health and wellness.

The achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers is explained largely by unequal access to learning opportunities beyond the school day. Summer is an especially precious resource. Students who don’t participate in learning programs lose substantial knowledge and skills gained during the school year. This well documented “summer learning slide” most adversely affects low-income students, is cumulative across a young person’s lifetime, and represents an expensive leak in our educational pipeline. Mounting evidence suggests that quality summer programs can stem this loss and, in some cases, even accelerate students’ progress.

Today’s youth struggle with a mounting obesity epidemic and the lure of technology that typically discourages physical activity. Studies show that physical activity is directly linked to brain health. Additionally, time spent outdoors leads to mental stimulation and has numerous health benefits, including improved eye development and auditory processing. Being outdoors and active is paramount for healthy youth development.

If providing healthy outdoor living and educational opportunities for low-income Boston students resonates with you, we encourage you to apply and Run like Hale!

Paula McLaughlin
PMcLaughlin@halereservation.org
781-326-1770 ext. 18

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Save the date! On Monday, April 18, 2016 – Marathon Monday – the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s “Team JAF” runners will take strides against cancer at the 2016 Boston Marathon® for the sixth straight year.

Team JAF is made up of charity runners, as well as those receiving entries through qualification or outside invitations. All fundraising by Team JAF members directly supports the Foundation’s mission of providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families.

To be notified when Team JAF’s 2016 Boston Marathon application period opens, email TeamJAF@joeandruzzifoundation.org.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Team In Training is the Society’s signature fundraising campaign. It is the first, largest, and most successful endurance sports training program of its kind. To date, Team In Training has trained over a half a million athletes and raised over $1.2 billion dollars nationally in the race to find a cure for blood cancers.

Why run with the TEAM?
All Team In Training (TNT) runners will enjoy:

  • Individualized coaching from certified coaches with multiple years experience coaching for Boston Marathon.
  • Weekly group training runs on the Boston Marathon course, supported by volunteers at water stops and cheer stations. 
  • Weekly track workouts in the Boston-metro area. 
  • Personalized fundraising website, as well as multiple fundraising resources based on our 27 year old fundraising program. 
  • Mentoring from past participants. 
  • Inspirational pasta party and victory celebration.

Louise Popp
BostonMarathonTeam@lls.org
508-810-1341

Requirements for TNT Runners (non-Waivered)
– $150 TNT registration fee
– $350 B.A.A. registration fee
– $5,000 fundraising commitmen (as set by the B.A.A.)

Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation

The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the April 15, 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon.

In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin loved learning, sports and the world around him. He participated in the BAA Children’s Relay on Marathon weekend for three consecutive years, was a school “peacemaker,” and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same. The way Martin saw the world, anything was possible.

His parents, Bill and Denise determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community.

The mission of Martin’s foundation is simple: The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation honors Martin’s message of “No more hurting people. Peace” by investing in education, athletics and community.

office@teammr8.org

Minimum Fundraising Amount: $7,500

Melanoma Foundation of New England

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, killing one person every 50 minutes. It is the 2nd most common cancer in teens and young adults ages 15-29. However, when caught early it is almost always curable. The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 with the goal to make New England melanoma free. We provide support and advocacy programs for melanoma patients and their loved ones and work to increase public awareness of sun-safe behavior and the importance of early detection. Since our first runner crossed the finish line in 2005, our Running for Cover marathon team has raised over $1,000,000 to support our mission of education, prevention and support in the fight against melanoma.

Our runners will receive membership to Joint Ventures marathon training program, training support from our team captains, exclusive meet and greet with Honorary Team Captain Bill Rodgers, informative team meetings and celebratory team events, team long runs on the marathon course, Running for Cover team apparel, private pre-race team space in Hopkinton, and lots of sunscreen and lip balm for protected running! To help our runners exceed their fundraising goals, MFNE also provides fundraising tips, resources and one-on-one help. Team Running for Cover consists of both qualified and charity runners. Despite coming from different backgrounds and levels of running experience, each of our runners share a passion for our cause. Many of them are survivors, family members of survivors, or lost a loved one to melanoma. It is their dedication that helps spread awareness and educate others. Together we can outrun melanoma!

Amy Mason
runningforcover@mfne.org
978-371-5613

Requirements for Invitational Entry Runners:

Invitational runners have not received an official race entry through another source.

  • Raise a minimum of $5,000 by May 18, 2016. While the required minimum is set at $5,000 per runner, additional consideration will be given to runners who are willing to make a more aggressive fundraising commitment (in 2015, runners accepted to our team committed to $8,000-$10,000+).
  • Submit a non-refundable $20 application fee upon apply to the team. If accepted, this fee will be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee, valid credit card information and signed team contract upon acceptance to the team. This fee will not be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Pay a BAA race application fee of $350 (subject to change) in addition to your fundraising minimum.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 18, 2016.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than 6 hours.

Team Benefits

Qualified and Invitational  runners will receive all of the same great team benefits!

  • Guaranteed Race Entry for the 2016 Boston Marathon
  • Celebratory team events with Running for Cover members
  • Exclusive team training clinics and Joint Ventures marathon training program 
  • Training support from seasoned marathoners, Dr. Robin Travers and Greg Earley
  • Meet and Greet with Honorary Team Captain, four time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers
  • Fundraising tools and support to help your exceed your fundraising goals. Additionally, you will have a unique fundraising website where you can share your story and accept secure online donations.
  • Private pre-race team space in Hopkinton where runners can stretch, eat and get ready for their run
  • Fundraising contests and incentives
  • Exclusive Running for Cover apparel
  • Cheering section for family members and supporters along marathon course
  • Sunscreen and Lip balm for protected running
  • The knowledge that you are running to support MFNE’s mission of education, prevention and support!
  • and more!

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Apply now to join Team MBHP 2016!

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis now through November 9. Spaces may be filled before then, so submit your application now!

Basic financial requirements to participate as a nonprofit runner include:

  • $5,000 fundraising commitment (minimum set by the nonprofit program).
  • $350 race entry fee (fee set by the B.A.A.).

MBHP welcomes qualified and other runners who already have a 2016 Marathon number and want their marathon experience to include transforming lives.

  • We will work with you to set and achieve a personal fundraising goal.
  • Contact Mary Jo Kane at at maryjo.kane@mbhp.org or 617.425.6705 to find out how you can join the team.

Members of Team MBHP receive

  • A personal fundraising web page and on-line tools that make fundraising easy.
  • An invitation for you and your supporters to attend our annual Marathon Celebration.
  • A training program and support from MBHP’s in-house marathon coach.
  • Regular team meetings and Team MBHP dinner.
  • Team MBHP singlet.
  • Support for fundraising and outreach efforts.
  • Incentives for achieving fundraising milestones.
  • And much more!

Application deadline is November 9.

MetroWest YMCA

The MetroWest YMCA responds to community needs through affordable wellness, educational and recreational programs that help strengthen and support MetroWest area children and families.

The Y is dedicated to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In order to achieve the Y’s overall goal of strengthening community, the Y focuses on three major areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The MetroWest YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization. One of every 8 people at the Y receives Y financial assistance. Team MWY Boston Marathon runners will raise funding for financial aid, to enable more children and families to learn, grow and thrive.

Miriam Kimball
mkimball@metrowestymca.org
508-879-4420 x53

  • Applicants must raise a minimum of $5,000 by April 24th or pay the balance in full themselves.
  • Runners will become members of the MWY Boston Marathon Running Team and will receive
    an individualized personal training program, including a training schedule, running group class, weekly group runs, positive encouragement, fundraising guidance and tools, injury prevention training and safety topics to help runners meet their marathon goals.

Submit your application today! Go to metrowestymca.org  and click on the  Boston Marathon link

The application fee is $25. Selection from applications for the Marathon number will occur on November 6th at which time a non-refundable deposit of $100 and a credit card number will be required. The deposit will apply toward the fundraising goal.  For questions, please contact mkimball@metrowestymca.org.

Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center

The mission of the The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center is to create a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities, a place that offers parents time off from the emotional and physical care needed by their children. The Respite Center now provides intensive support services for families including daycare, after school care, adult day programs, overnight respite care, supervised residential placements and community employment supports.

Wendy Sousa
wendysousa@hopkintonrespite.com
508-435-1222

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 

Support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), recognized as one of the most significant innovators in cancer research. Founder Kathy Giusti was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, recognition for her leadership and the MMRF’s transformational way of developing and conducting medical research and drug development.

The work of the MMRF is dramatically improving the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma. Since its inception 16 years ago, the life span of a myeloma patient has more than doubled. The treatments being developed with funds from the MMRF are now being explored as treatment for 30 other cancers. The MMRF directs an exemplary 90% of its budget to research and related programming, consistently earning the foundation ranking in the top 1% of all charities by the nation’s leading charity evaluators, like Charity Navigator.

Jane Hoffmann
marathon@themmrf.org
203-391-4053

National MS Society

The Marathon Strides Against MS team is comprised of invitational and qualified runners who are dedicated to creating a world free of multiple sclerosis. Team members raise funds to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s leadership in funding cutting-edge research and treatments to stop progression of the disease, to restore all function lost to MS, and to end multiple sclerosis forever.

The Society’s Greater New England Chapter help 21.000 individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eighty-four (84) percent of monies raised by the Chapter helps address the challenges of each person affected by MS through MS education, emotional support, public advocacy, facilitating independence, and financial assistance to help individuals and families keep their lives moving forward.

Nancy Dlugoenski
nancy.dlugoenski@nmss.org
413-659-0036, ext. 87301

Neurofibromatosis Northeast

Since 1988 Neurofibromatosis Northeast has had runners participating in the Boston Marathon and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for NF research and patient support.

If you would like to be considered to be on a future NF Boston Marathon team, please contact Diana Flahive, Director of Special Events at dflahive@nfincne.org and we will forward you an NF Marathon Team application when it becomes available.

Going forward, NF Marathon team members will not be selected on a first come, first serve basis, but through an application process. Space on the team is very limited and top consideration will be given to those applicants who commit to hitting fundraising goals at or above $7,500.

New England Patriots Foundation 

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, as well as from Patriots players who offer their support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. The funds raised by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Boston Marathon team will be earmarked for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. For more information about the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, please visit www.patriots.com/community.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978-852-7891

Project Purple

Attention all runners! Project Purple is now accepting applications for the 2016 Boston Marathon team. We’re looking for runners of every stripe, so don’t be afraid to submit your application for consideration. At the moment, we are not making any decisions about team members. If you want to be considered once we start choosing runners, please submit your application soon. The selection process will start sometime in early fall.

Benefits:

  • Guarenteed Entry
  • Personalized Training
  • Coach Bus to the Start of the Race on race morning
  • Group Training runs in the Boston area
  • Customized web page for on line donations
  • Team Uniform
  • Pre Race Dinner
  • Post Race Party

Signing this application only serves to verify that you’re human. It doesn’t guarantee you a spot on the team or oblige you to participate if you are selected for the team.

If you’re having trouble with the application, or have questions about the team, please contact Elizabeth Mauldin atelizabeth@run4projectpurple.org.

Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students, and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving inner city children and teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 40,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The Red Sox Foundation has won a number of awards including Major League Baseball’s first-ever MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project Patterson Award as “Best Team Charity in Sports.” We are honored to partner with the BAA and 100% of the proceeds raised through our charitable team’s participation in the Boston Marathon will be used to support the Red Sox Scholars program and RBI youth softball/baseball programs. For more information about our nonprofit cornerstone programs, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org. We thank the BAA and all of the Red Sox Foundation’s Marathon runners and those who support them – with each mile, you are helping to close the opportunity gap for disadvantaged youth in our community.

Gena Borson
redsoxfoundation@redsox.com
617-226-6440

Run to End Alzheimer’s

As part of our team, you will receive:

Training Support
Receive a personal training program tailored for your running level, professional coaching, and fully-supported weekly team runs through the training season.

Fundraising Support
Get fundraising ideas, strategies, support and one-on-one fund raising coaching to help you easily meet and easily exceed your personal commitment!  You’ll also get access to a personal online fundraising site and a press release tailored for publication opportunities in local media.

Team Info Sessions
Get expert advice on training, injury prevention, nutrition, race strategies and more at our monthly meetings in our Watertown, MA office.

Team Gear
Wear your official, complimentary Run to End Alzheimer’s singlet with pride.  In addition, our online store has additional Alzheimer’s team gear at reasonable prices.

Team Recognition
Including special get-togethers during the training season, a pre-race recognition banquet and post-race celebration.

Fundraising
Run to End Alzheimer’s Boston Marathon participants are as passionate about the cause as the event. Most have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why the majority of our runners exceed the charitable fundraising minimum of $7,500 per runner for non-qualified entrants and $1,750 for those who secured their own entry.

Team Brookline

Team Brookline is the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team. Established in 2012 by the Town and managed by Brookline Community Mental Health Center, the team benefits four local charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, and Brookline Teen Center. Since the program’s inception, Team Brookline runners have raised more than $650,000 – an amazing accomplishment that has made a true impact in the lives of all who live, work and study in Brookline.

Questions about Team Brookline? Interested in sponsoring the team or volunteering? Please contact team manager, Greta Teller.

Are you a runner with a passion for mental health? Want to run the 2016 Boston Marathon to expand access to care for adults and children in our community? As a member of Team Brookline, you’ll receive:

  • Official 2016 Boston Marathon number
  • Individualized coaching and training
  • Personalized fundraising support
  • Weekly training runs on the race course
  • Camaraderie of training with a team
  • Fulfillment of running for a great cause!

Applications due September 30, 2015. Please select Brookline Community Mental Health Center as the referring charity on your application.

Tenacity, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Tenacity, Inc. serves over 5,000 City of Boston students annually with high quality programs that impart the skills and resilience needed for under-served youth to lead productive, successful lives.

The Tenacity Pathway to Post-Secondary Success is comprised of year-round programs serving students aged six through college graduation with academic enrichment, tennis instruction and competition, and other life enhancing experiences. Over 98% of our Middle School Academy graduates earn their high school diploma; 70% of those students pursue post secondary academics.

Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Official Charity Program directly support the free programs Tenacity, Inc. offers City of Boston youth.

Caroline Lane
caroline.lane@comcast.net
508-259-3594 or 617-562-0900

Tenacity will field a team of 15 charity runners. The minimum fundraising requirement to be considered for the team is to raise $5,000 by April 18, 2016. Tenacity Marathon Team runners typically raise $7,500 on average.

Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center is a world-class, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Located in downtown Boston, Tufts Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children and is the principal teaching hospital for the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Founded in 1796 as the Boston Dispensary, Tufts Medical Center is the oldest permanent medical facility in New England and one of the first hospitals in the nation. For more than 200 years, Tufts Medical Center has pioneered innovative programs in clinical care, biomedical research, education and health care delivery.

Team Tufts MC aims to raise funds through the Boston Marathon to support our mission to heal, to comfort, to teach, to learn, and to seek the knowledge to promote health and prevent disease. We dedicate ourselves to furthering our rich tradition of health care innovation, leadership, charity and the highest standard of care and service to all in our community.

Lauren Tedeschi
Development Coordinator, Events
ltedeschi@tuftsmedicalcenter.org
617-636-8974

Members of Team Tufts MC you will enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • Personalized training and nutrition assistance from our experienced team Coach
  • Team Tufts MC running singlet and runner gift
  • Team social outings and pre-marathon pasta dinner
  • Fundraising incentives
  • The ability to make a huge impact on the lives of our patients and their families

Minimum Fundraising: $5,000

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2014 Boston Marathon – The “Unofficial” Charities

September 13, 2013

Greetings! It looks like the non-BAA “official” charities are rolling out their 2014 Boston Marathon programs! This most often means charities that have received their bibs through the John Hancock Non-Profit Partner program, though I’m not sure where some of the charities below got their bibs from.  The programs are generally smaller teams with less infrastructure than a large BAA charity team might have, but that is not true across the board. I would be fairly confident in assuming though that they have at least a $5,000 minimum to raise some minimum amount to raise.

Check back here often for updates on who has bibs, and how to to get them!

1.  Mass General Hospital: Fighting Kids’ Cancer

The Mass General Marathon Team supports the Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).  The team application can be found here. For questions regarding the application, contact Courtney Earle at cearle2@partners.org.

Chosing Mass General as your charity means being part of an amazing team. It starts with your fellow Boston Marathon © runners: 100+ passionate people bound by a desire not only to conquer the 26.2-mile course, but also to beat childhood cancer. You’ll have the chance to bond with one another during weekend training runs and social activities.

Leading up to the race:

  • Experienced Mass General staff are available to answer your questions and address logistical issues
  • Team meetings cover fundraising, nutrition, training, team building and marathon day information
  • We send e-newsletters with useful hints on fundraising, corporate matching gift opportunities, marathon training and nutrition

On race day:

  • We transport you from Mass General to the starting line, where we host a tent with snacks, beverages, entertainment and personal assistance for last-minute issues
  • We also host a tent near the beginning of Heartbreak Hill, where families, friends and patient partners gather to cheer on our Boston Marathon runners
  • We provide access to a gym near the finish line where you can shower and get dressed post-marathon

2.  Harvard College Marathon Challenge

Who is eligible for an official HCMC slot?

You, if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • have a valid credit card (yours or a parent’s/guardian’s) that expires on or after 4/30/13
  • belong to any of the following 3 categories:
    • you are a current Harvard undergraduate who, from September 2013 through April 2014, will be enrolled in good standing throughout this period and is not studying abroad or on a leave of absence at any time during this period;
    • you are a current Harvard College proctor, resident tutor, resident dean, or housemaster who is eager to train/run freqeuently with our student participants; or
    • you are a Harvard College staff member, administrator, or faculty member who works closely with Harvard College undergraduates and is eager to train/run frequently with them.

3.  American Medical Athletic Association

This unique program allows you to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon® without the need for a qualifying time. It also includes a two-day sports medicine symposium hosted by AMAA prior to the race, as well as many amenities such as a bus ride to the race start from The Colonnade Hotel, shower rooms, and a post-race celebration.

Eligible participants must be able to complete the marathon in six hours or less and also must be:

  • Physicians
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Friends and family of AMAA members with an interest in the association’s mission
  • AMAA Members (Note: All “AMAA RUN BOSTON” participants must be members.)

PROGRAM FEES

The invitational non-qualifying entries for the Boston Marathon® are highly valued by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and we must honor their charity protocols. As a result, we’ve had to gradually raise our fees for the entries. We are, however, still below that which is charged by other charities. Many charity nonprofits require fundraising totals for much higher, with some in the range of $7,000 to $10,000.  [EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems improbable that the AMAA will be able to stick to their $3,000 fundraising minimum.]

“AMAA RUN BOSTON” 2014 Race Package Options

  • OPTION #1 (SPLIT PAYMENT): $1,500 deposit in September, with the remaining $1,500 due by December 1, 2013. The credit card you use for your initial payment will be automatically charged on that date if you do not submit another payment method.
  • OPTION #2 (PAY IN FULL): $3,000 paid in September
  • OPTION #3 (FUNDRAISING): Pay a deposit of $550 in September and raise an additional $2,650 by May , 2014 (a credit card must be provided to cover any difference in amount raised and amount owed)

3.  Bay State Games

Bay State Games’ goal is to raise funds while providing avid runners with an opportunity to achieve their lifetime goal of competing in the Boston Marathon. These funds are essential in allowing the Bay State Games to be able to continue its mission of producing quality recreational, health, and educational programming for Massachusetts citizens of all ages and abilities.  If you are interested in running the Boston Marathon and raising money to support important programming which benefits over 65,000 participants annually, please contact the Bay State Games office by email, or click here to fill out an application.  There is a $35 application fee and the minimum fundraising amount is set at $4,500.  Participants are responsible for their own $350 Boston Marathon entry fee.

4.  Team Boston Medical Center

If you or anyone you know is interested in helping Boston Medical Center in its mission to provide exceptional care, without exception, please sign up today!
• Team BMC seeks enthusiastic members who will be dedicated and willing to put forth maximum efforts in their role as both a team member and fundraiser.
• Boston Medical Center provides numerous benefits to runners, including a personalized training program, Team BMC apparel, health and wellness advice and much more.
• The fundraising minimum for each runner is $5,000, and priority will be given to those applicants with a proven track record of fundraising success and/or a compelling network/fundraising plan. Team BMC members will receive fundraising tools including a personal Web page on the Team BMC Web site to post an appeal, accept online donations and manage email outreach.
• Team BMC also welcomes qualified runners who have or will receive their number through the BAA, or runners from Team BMC 2013 who will receive a bib. The minimum fundraising goal for qualified runners is $1,000. If you are a qualified runner, or if you know anyone who is, please consider running for BMC.

The BMC application may be found here.  A non-refundable charge of $100 will be applied to your listed card upon acceptance to the team, it will be applied to your fundraising efforts.  Detailed team terms and conditions may be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Hogan at Ashley.Hogan@bmc.org or 617-414-5530.

5.  Run/Walk Boston

“WalkBoston is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Founded in 1990, our goal is to make walking and pedestrian needs a basic part of the transportation discussion.We represent over 75 cities and towns across the state. We welcome your advocacy efforts as well as your individual and corporate memberships. Every additional member strengthens WalkBoston’s voice on behalf of pedestrians across Massachusetts.”

Interested in joining our 2014 Marathon Team? Please contact: Susan Hurley, Charity Teams, 978.852.7891, charityteams@comcast.net

6.  Spaulding Rehabilitation Network – Race For Rehab

Running for a Purpose: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to partner with John Hancock as part of their non-profit marathon program. Over the past two years, 47 members of the Race for Rehab Team raised over $250,000 to support Spaulding’s Annual Fund, dedicated to providing support to the hospital’s most pressing needs including: patient care, teaching, research and capital improvements. For the past 8 years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has successfully recruited more than 100 individuals to run the Boston Marathon in support of the hospital, and has raised over a half a million dollars

Already have a number to run in 2014?  Consider joining our team.  Individuals with their own numbers are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 and are eligible for the same team benefits.  Contact Taylor Austin at taustin@partners.org to join our 2014 team.

Want to run for Spaulding? Check back in October for an application and for information on joining our 2014 team.  To be added to the Race for Rehab information list please contact Taylor Austin, Special Events Coordinator at 617-952-6882 or taustin@partners.org

Members of Spaulding’s Race for Rehab Team have many benefits including:

  • Team training runs
  • Training tips from one of Spaulding’s Physical Therapists
  • Individual personalized fundraising websites
  • Team meetings and fundraising assistance
  • Pre-Marathon brunch
  • Exclusive chance to meet with team captain Ernst van Dyk, nine-time Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair champion of the Boston Marathon
  • Marathon Monday viewing party for family and friends to watch the race and meet the runners afterward

Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $5,000.  All proceeds raised by the Race for Rehab team will directly support Spaulding Boston’s Annual Fund, dedicated to patient care, teaching and research.

7.  Team Brookline

Team Brookline is the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team. It is a motivated group of twenty-five runners – novice to experienced marathoners – fundraising for Brookline charities and training together for the challenge of a lifetime.

TEAM MEMBER BENEFITS

  • Personalized training with a coached team
  • Weekly team runs along the marathon course
  • Expert running, fitness and nutrition guidance
  • New friends
  • Fundraising support
  • Marathon glory!

Team Brookline is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Marathon Team.  Applications may be found here.  Applications Due: Friday, September 27th.  Notification is October 15 and training begins November 1, 2013.  There is a non-refundable $25 application fee and team members are required to make an initiation fundraising donation of $100.

8.  Brigham And Women’s Hospital

If you’d like to join our team, please click here to fill out an application.  There is no fee to apply.

Since 1998, thanks to the generous support of John Hancock, BWH’s marathon team has raised over $5.8 million dollars for patient care, research and discovery, and education of the next generation of healthcare professionals. This year, BWH runners will support life-giving breakthroughs across all disciplines and disease areas at the hospital.

The 2014 Boston Marathon marks an extraordinary and historic time for BWH and our beloved city. Paradigm shifts in medicine, science, and technology have helped our physician-scientists and caregivers better understand, detect, and treat the world’s most devastating diseases. Never before have so many advances been within reach—and never before has BWH been so uniquely prepared to achieve them.

Here are some of the benefits we offer our team of runners:

  • Fundraising assistance, including a fundraising website and valuable emails with advice, tips, and helpful hints to keep your fundraising total growing.
  • Personalized training including weekend runs, weekly hill runs, and a dedicated team of professional athletic trainers, physical therapists, podiatrists, coaches, and educators to prepare you for race day.
  • Branded team apparel including T-shirts, singlets, and winter hats.
  • Team meetings with fundraising, nutrition, team building, and marathon/team information.
  • Team socials where BWH runners can meet and mingle.
  • A dedicated water/snack station during long-run training.
  • A pre-race pasta dinner the evening before the race for runners, their friends, and family.
  • Worry-free logistics, including private bus transportation to the starting line in Hopkinton the morning of the race, breakfast, and much more.
  • A heated VIP tent on the Hopkinton Green the morning of the race.
  • A post-race celebration for runners and their families to receive lunch, complimentary massages, and immediate access to trainers and physicians.

9.  PhabKids

Minimum pledge £1250

When you join our team we will provide you with:

  • Free Phabkids Hi-Tec running vest
  • Free Asics running shoes if you raise over £1500
  • Email training program

The application may be found here.

10.  Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Team With a Vision

2014 marks Team With A Vision’s 21st year racing the Boston Marathon. Our international team of blind, visually impaired, and sighted runners are committed to race and raise funds for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The application may be found here.  Starting October 1, applicants will be notified on a rolling basis of their status.

11.  Team Go Kids

Be sure to check back soon and often for updated information!

12.  Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Join the 2014 Team JAF Marathon contact list.

13.  The Ally Foundation

From Jenna Barnes (jbarnes@allyfoundation.org): “Thank you for showing your interest in being on our 2014 team early on and thank you for your patience!  We have now received our bib assignments from our wonderful friends at adidas and are happy to announce that we will be hosting a team of 20 runners this year!

We will be ready to send out applications and contracts very soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to get a quick update from everyone currently on our waitlist.  Would you please reply asap and let me know if you are still interested in running the 2014 Boston Marathon for Team ALLY.  Additionally, please think about and let me know if you think you would and/or your schedule would allow you to take advantage of a professional marathon coach through our program.

Please be ready!  We will send you the application (along with all relevant details) for the 2014 ALLY Foundation Marathon Team within the next 7 days and ask that you return the completed application by September 30th so that we can in turn select our team and let you know promptly by October 1st.  This will allow everyone to get training and fundraising asap!  (If this quick turn around will present a problem for you, please do let me know and we can discuss other arrangements).”

14.  Gronk Nation Foundation

Gronk Nation is recruiting runners for participation in the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013 as part of the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

Gronk Nation is part of the John Hancock Non Profit Partners Marathon Program which provides an opportunity for local charities to fundraise using the Boston Marathon as an event.

The spots are limited and all interested runners must apply to the team. You can download a team application here!

For more information contact Susan Hurley at charityteams@comcast.net or call Susan at 978-852-7891 or visit www.charityteams.org

Team Requirements for Charity Runners:

  • $35 registration fee to apply
  • $5,000 minimum fundraising commitment
  • $300 race entry fee

15.  Project Purple

Fight pancreatic cancer with Project Purple!  $35 application fee, $7500 minimum fundraising requirement.

16.  JumpStart

Run for children with JumpStart!  The application fee is $35.

17.  FamilyAid Boston

FamilyAid Boston is looking for runners to join our 2014 Boston Marathon team. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first time runner, this is your chance to run in an historic race, all while helping families get the housing and support services they need.
Applicants should have:

  • A strong desire to help homeless families with children
  • The physical stamina necessary to run 26.2 miles and the dedication to train for the race
  • A network of family, friends, coworkers, and others who will help you to raise a minimum of $5,000

For the last three years, FamilyAid Boston has partnered with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program to raise $107,280 to help homeless families.

Last year’s marathon team raised a record $50,000 to help homeless families. This year, we hope to exceed $70,000 with your help!

To Join the Team

Contact Shannon Cain Arnold at shannona@familyaidboston.org or 617-542-7286 X289.

18.  Friends of the Public Garden

The Friends of the Public Garden has been invited once again to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program which enables organizations to offer athletes marathon race entries in exchange for fundraising. Team Friends of the Public Garden has FOUR guaranteed entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon® scheduled for April 21, 2014. Athletes are required to raise a minimum of $6,000 to support the mission of the Friends to preserve, protect and enhance the Public Garden, the Boston Common and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Due to the incidents at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the 2014 race will be truly unique and very special. Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of this historic race!

Interested athletes should submit an application form as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and prospective team members will be contacted.

To download the Team Friends Athlete Application Form click here.

  • Guaranteed Entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon®
  • Expert marathon training
  • Individual fundraising website for each runner on Crowdrise.com
  • Ongoing fundraising support from Team Friends program staff
  • Team meetings to share fundraising tips, hear advice on nutrition and race day preparation
  • A Team Friends branded race day singlet and training shirt

Pre-race pasta dinner For more information contact: TeamFriends@friendsofthepublicgarden.org

19.  Team Go Far

Beginning later this Fall we will be accepting applications from runners who are interested in running the 2014 Boston Marathon and raising money to help low-income and first-generation students graduate from college! Members of Team Go Far will participate in a marathon training program, meet Bottom Line students and staff, and raise $5,000 (or more!) to support our mission.

If you are interested in joining Bottom Line’s Team Go Far and running the 2014 Marathon, download our application (coming soon) and email or fax it to Bottom Line:

Attn: Team Go Far
Bottom Line
500 Amory Street, Suite 3
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
F: (617) 524-9559
E: ehood@bottomline.org

If you have any questions about the application, don’t hesitate to call Liz Hood at (617) 524-8833 or send an e-mail to ehood@bottomline.org.

 

2014 Boston Marathon – The Official Charities

August 22, 2013

The official 2014 Boston Marathon charities are now listed on the BAA’s website!  Rather than make you, dear reader, have to open up a million tabs, as I have open now, I thought I’d try to make life a little easier for you by putting all the information in one place, on one page.  I will try to keep this updated as applications become available online and deadlines are announced.  Where the name of the charity doesn’t necessarily describe what the charity does, I include a brief description.  If you like what you see here, please be sure to Like my Facebook page so you can get updates as they come in!

1.  Alzheimer’s Association

Angela Floro
afloro@alz.org
617.868.6718

The application is online here.  There is a $50 application fee.

As part of our 2014 team, you will receive:

Training Support
Receive a personal training program tailored for your running level, professional coaching, and fully-supported weekly team runs through the Boston 2014 training season.

Fundraising Support
Get fundraising ideas, strategies, support and one-on-one fund raising coaching to help you easily meet and easily exceed your personal commitment!  You’ll also get access to a personal online fundraising site and a press release tailored for publication opportunities in local media.

Team Info Sessions
Get expert advice on training, injury prevention, nutrition, race strategies and more at our monthly meetings in our Watertown, MA office.

Team Gear
Wear your official, complimentary Run to End Alzheimer’s singlet with pride.  In addition, our online store has additional Alzheimer’s team gear at reasonable prices.

Team Recognition
Including special get-togethers during the training season, a pre-race recognition banquet and post-race celebration.

Qualified Runners: Please Join Us!
Each year, qualifiers bring their Boston Marathon Bib number and personal passion to our team to participate as qualified runners on the Run to End Alzheimer’s Team. As a qualified runner, you will receive all the benefits of a charity runner, with a lower fundraising minimum.

Fundraising
Run to End Alzheimer’s Boston Marathon participants are as passionate about the cause as the event. Most have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why the majority of our runners exceed the charitable fundraising minimum of $4,000 per runner for non-qualified entrants and $1,750 for qualified entrants.

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1B.  American Liver Foundation – Run For Research

Lauren Gainor
Campaign Manager
(617) 527-5600
lgainor@liverfoundation.org 

·         Applications open Monday, September 9th at 9am – To apply, go towww.liverteam.org, click apply, and submit the application – expect a call or email from a staff member within 5 business days of submitting your application

·         The fundraising minimum is $4,000 – You will be raising these funds throughout the season, with May 21, 2014 being the last day to submit funds (a month after the marathon). Once you register with the team and sign the fundraising commitment form, you are committed to the minimum.

·         There will be a team registration fee ($175) – this will be paid during the online registration process after you’re accepted

·         There will be a B.A.A race entry fee of $325 – this will be due in December (details on payment will be communicated after you’re registered to the team)

2013 Run for Research Team benefits:

  • Access to our seasoned coaches
  • Training plans catered to specific ability levels
  • Saturday team runs
  • Two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course
  • Team meetings at the Westin Copley
  • Team socials
  • Personalized fundraising webpage
  • Fundraising workshops and assistance
  • Discounted hotel rooms at the Westin Copley
  • Pre-Marathon team brunch celebration
  • Luxury buses to the start line
  • Post-Marathon Party
  • Post-Marathon complementary showers and massages
  • Race day singlet
  • Team gear
  • Dedicated Event Manager

To apply: visit the application page.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

2.  American Red Cross

Nicole Marcotte
Nicole.Marcotte@redcross.org
617.274.5243

Team Red Cross is proud to partner with coach Dan Fitzgerald and Heartbreak Hill Running Company to provide expert training and guidance for our runners.

The application process for Team Red Cross 2014 opens on Monday, September 9th.  The application may be found here.  Completed applications will be reviewed and runners will be accepted to the team on a rolling basis. There is a $4,000 fundraising minimum required for each bib provided to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Athletic Association Charity Program. There is a $40 application fee to apply.

Team Red Cross welcomes qualified runners join our 2014 team! A $1,500 fundraising minimum applies for qualified runners. A registration form is available upon request.

3.  Best Buddies

Marathon Coalition Member

The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  To accomplish this mission, Best Buddies Massachusetts works directly with more than 105 school-based chapters throughout the Commonwealth, and 60 employers throughout Greater Boston.

Craig S. Welton
617.778.0522

The team application may be found here.  All sections of the application must be completed and returned by October 31st, or applications will continue to be accepted until all spots are full. Upon submission of electronic applications, Best Buddies Massachusetts will automatically charge a $40 application fee.  A minimum donation of $4,000 is required to join the Best Buddies Boston Marathon® Team and receive an individual entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon®. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged to your credit card once you have been accepted onto the team, verifying your ac­ceptance. The deposit of $100 will be applied toward your fundraising minimum and holds a Boston Marathon number in your name until February 1, 2014, when the remaining balance is due, unless prior arrangements have been made.

4.  Boston Bruins Foundation

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $12 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

Erin McEvoy
emcevoy@bostonbruins.com
617.624.1955

You can download the application here: Boston Bruins Foundation Application.  The deadline to apply is October 15.

5.  Boston Children’s Hospital

Ali Lewinter
run@chtrust.org
857.218.3568

Team Benefits:

  • access to experienced coaches & a detailed training program
  • indoor meeting facility near the starting line on race day
  • team clinics and receptions
  • opportunity to partner with a Boston Children’s patient for inspiration
  • the knowledge that you are supporting Boston Children’s Hospital

6.  Boys And Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Kirsten Nelson
knelson@bgcdorchester.org
617-288-7120

Interested in running the Boston Marathon? Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association and has 15 bib numbers for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Download the application here.

All team members are required to:

  • Raise a minimum of $4,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Pay a $100 non- refundable deposit to cover the Boston Marathon Charity Program Invitational Entry Fee
  • Pay a $325 non-refundable registration fee to the Boston Athletic Association
  • Be 18 years or older before April 21, 2014
  • Be capable of running a marathon in less than six (6) hours

Benefits of joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Marathon Team:

  • Participate in the world-famous Boston Marathon
  • Join a running group, specifically designed for non-profit team members, and receive coaching, advice from experienced runners, weekly practice runs, events and an organized training schedule for the marathon
  • Have your own fundraising webpage and access to fundraising training, support and tips to be successful
  • Special discount at local sports store
  • Social gatherings and periodic meetings with teammates
  • Team apparel
  • Make a difference in the lives of 4,000 members!

7.  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Running Programs
617.632.1970
Toll-free 800.551.7036
DFMC@DFCI.harvard.edu

Team Requirements:

  • $4,000 minimum fundraising commitment, though the stated goal is to raise an average of $8,400/runner
  • Team Fee: $75 (independent of race entry fee and billed during registration)
  • $250 deposit towards $575 race entry fee.  $250 due upon registration, remaining $325 to be paid at a later date, all sent to the BAA.  [Editor’s Note: The $575 appears, for the moment, to be limited to DFMC runners, but I have confirmed that it is the race entry DFMC is saying is required.  I have not seen this figure associated with any other charity.]

8.  Cops For Kids With Cancer

Cops For Kids With Cancer is a charity that gives  money directly  to families who are dealing with the challenge of having a child sick with cancer.  The volunteer charity board  consists primarily of Police Officers and/or retired Police Officers who want each family to feel the positive reinforcement that someone else cares.  These families are each awarded $5000 to help relieve the stress of financial burdens and hopefully put a small smile on their face.  If you can imagine, you can understand. Cops For Kids With Cancer does not have salaries or expense accounts, all monies are returned to the families in need.

William Coulter
ironman82@comcast.net
781.843.3904

9.  Camp Shriver at UMASS-Boston

For the past eight years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 800 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.  Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.

Barbara Gildea
barbara.gildea@umb.edu
617.287.7247
http://blogs.umb.edu/chasingunicorns/

Camp Shriver will begin accepting applications for Team Camp Shriver, as part of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program for 2014, on September 9th. The application can be downloaded here.  The application fee is $40.

Members of Team Camp Shriver will raise $4,000-$6,000 to help low-income children with and without disabilities participate in an inclusive summer sports program. Together, we will ensure that all children, with and without disabilities, have an opportunity to learn, grow and have fun as equals.

Members will receive access to:

– a comprehensive marathon training program with the support of a professional running coach in partnership with several other Boston Marathon charities,

– sponsored weekly training runs, including water stops and a 21-mile long run from Hopkington into Boston,

– kick-off event on November 27th at the Museum of Science and Marathon Day amenitities including a meeting room at the Westin Copely hotel near the finish line,

– fundraising support, including a fundraising event hosted by Camp Shriver for runners to use for their fundraising goals,

– weekly posts on the Chasing Unicorns blog from running/fundraising professionals for support and encouragement,

– Camp Shriver running gear, and

– additional team meetings and events to be announced!

10.  Cam Neely Foundation

The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, The Neely House, and The Neely Cancer Fund exist for one reason – to help cancer patients and their families during their treatment.

Danielle LaVoie
dlavoie@camneelyfoundation.org
617.346.5900

11.  Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism.  We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday.  Funds raised by Dougie’s Marathon Team will be put toward supporting these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978.852.7891

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation’s application can be found here.  There is a $35 application fee and applications are due by December 1, 2013 or as long as spots remain on the team.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  There is a $4,000 minimum fundraising requirement.  Completed applications should be sent to the address below or e-mailed to charityteams@comcast.net:

Susan Hurley
CharityTeams.org
52 Russell St.
North Andover, MA 01845

12.  Dream Big

The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

Linda Driscoll
bostonmarathon@dream-big.org
888.291.7664 ext 701

This year’s goal is to raise an average of $6,000 per runner. Set your fundraising sights high — beyond the basic commitment — and give your fundraising plan careful and serious consideration, as this plan is an integral part of your application.  The application can be found here.

Team Requirements for Dream Big! Marathon Team Numbers

  • $40 non-refundable team registration fee
  • $4,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $300 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Team Requirements for Runners With Their Own Marathon Number

  • $40 team registration fee
  • $1000 basic fundraising commitment

Dream Big! Team Members receive

  • A personal fundraising web page and on-line tools that make fundraising easy
  • An invite to Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction
  • A training program designed by an experienced marathon coach
  • Weekly training group runs and presentations beginning in December
  • Dream Big! apparel and team singlet
  • Fundraising recognition items
  • The opportunity to run for a Dream Big! athlete or program
  • And much more!

Registration Opens September 9th, 2013 and Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013 or until all spots are filled.

13.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Ryan Tollefson
rtollefson@girlscoutseasternmass.org
857.453.5325

14.  Franklin Park Coalition

The Franklin Park Coalition brings diverse park constituents together to advocate for and steward the park, working on park management and maintenance, woodlands restoration, public safety, and cultural programming. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help the Franklin Park Coalition provide excellence in athletic endeavors including restoration of the cross-country track, basketball courts, and Ellicottdale little league diamond. Funds will also support the Summer Youth Conservation Crew, which provides educational, athletic, and work opportunities for underserved local high school students.

Julie Arrison
julie@franklinparkcoalition.org
413.530.0831

The team application may be found here.  There is a $35 application fee.

15.  Hale Reservation

Utilizing an amazing 1,130 acre natural resource, Hale Reservation develops youth leaders and stewards for the natural environment through year-round outdoor education opportunities. In the summer, over 4,400 children from 70 communities in Greater Boston attend camps; between 800-900 come from Boston. During the year, over 7,000 children visit Hale for education based programs. Through challenge course activities, a natural classroom setting, and creative educational programming children are encouraged to develop their own unique leadership style and discover a connection to nature.

Paula McLaughlin
pmclaughlin@halereservation.org
781.326.1770  x18

The application may be found here, there is a $35 application fee.  Applications will be reviewed immediately and the program anticipates sending out notifications by October 15.

16.  John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is an Official Charity Partner with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2012, 2013, and 2014! As part of the program, each year just fifteen runners will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Newton and raise $7,500, or more, towards the overall fundraising goal of $250,000. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help provide quality educational programs and athletic activities for Club members so that they are equipped with the crucial skills needed to become healthy, fit and successful adults.

Call or email Dave Sellers at 617-630-2066 or dsellers@newtonBGC.com for an application. Please see below for details.

The Club has an application and interview process, with running times as only part of the equation. A genuine affinity for the organization, ambassadorship, and commitment to helping youth and B.A.A.’s shared mission to promote fitness through athletics will also be considered. Applications are only for athletes who are capable of running a marathon in less than six hours and additionally agree to meet the minimum fundraising requirement. The Boys & Girls Club’s goal for each runner is $7,500 or more. A $40 non-refundable application fee must be provided upon submission. If selected to join the team a $400 race entry fee will be charged and paid to the BAA on your behalf. All fees do not count towards $7,5000 fundraising goal.

17.  JDRF

Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will be directed by JDRF toward funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications and to develop transformative treatments that enable people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, safer lives until that cure is found.  In addition, the funds will support JDRF’s local Outreach programs for individuals and families with a type 1 diabetes connection.  Together, we can deliver better treatments and eventually a cure.  Partnering with JDRF holds the promise of helping to bring about the day when type 1 diabetes does not exist.

Alan Kwan
bostonmarathon@jdrf.org
781.431.0700

18.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter (Team In Training)

Colleen Murphy
Colleen.Murphy@lls.org
508.810.1312

The TNT application can be found here.

Why run with the TEAM?
All Team In Training (TNT) runners will enjoy:

  • Boston Marathon entry fee paid by Team In Training ($325 savings).
  • Individualized coaching from certified coaches with multiple years experience coaching for Boston Marathon.
  • Weekly group training runs on the Boston Marathon course, supported by volunteers at water stops and cheer stations.
  • Weekly track workouts in the Boston-metro area.
  • Personalized fundraising website, as well as multiple fundraising resources based on our 25 year old fundraising program.
  • Mentoring from past participants.
  • Inspirational pasta party and victory celebration.

Need a Number?
Do you want to run the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014? As a member of Team In Training you can complete the historic and prestigious course while helping advance and accelerate a cure for cancer! Open to athletes of all abilities* including first time marathoners, veterans and qualified runners who do not receive race entry from the BAA.

      Requirements for TNT Runners (Non-Waivered)
     -$150 registration fee
-$4,000 fundraising commitment (as set by the B.A.A.)

19.  Museum of Science

Support raised through the Museum’s Boston Marathon® team has enabled Traveling Programs to purchase new fleet vehicles, a star-lab portable planetarium, and more. Our runners help us fund scholarships for schools across New England and develop exciting new interactive programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the Museum’s team, our coach and Traveling Programs, please visit our website.

The team application can be found here.  There is a $50 application fee and applications are due no later than November 20, 2013.

Meaghen Breithaupt
mbreithaupt@mos.org
617.589.4475

Acceptances to our team are made on a rolling basis. Our team coordinator will contact you upon receipt of application for follow up conversation—we want to get to know our team members! All accepted Museum of Science Boston Marathon team members commit to raise a minimum of $4,000, and are required to provide a valid credit card to ensure their place on the team. A non-refundable $100 team fee is required of all accepted team members.

20.  Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Jane Hoffmann
marathon@themmrf.org
203.391.4053

The team application may be found here.

21.  Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center

The mission of the The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center is to create a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities, a place that offers parents time off from the emotional and physical care needed by their children. The Respite Center now provides intensive support services for families including daycare, after school care, adult day programs, overnight respite care, supervised residential placements and community employment supports.

To apply to be a member of Team Respite please contact Brandon Rhoads at brandon@hopkintonrespite.com or call (508)435-1222.

22.  Melanoma Foundation of New England

The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region.  We provide support and advocacy programs for melanoma patients and their loved ones and work to increase public awareness of sun-safe behavior and the importance of early detection.  Since our first runner crossed the finish line in 2005, our Running for Cover marathon team has raised over $1,000,000 to support our mission of education, prevention and support in the fight against melanoma.  Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.  If caught early, most melanomas can be cured. Our goal is to make New England melanoma free.

Amy Mason
amason@mfne.org
978.371.5613

The team application may be found here.

Team Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Race Entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon
  • Celebratory team events with Running for Cover members
  • Exclusive team training clinics and Fitcorp marathon training program
  • Training support from seasoned marathoners, Kevin Morrison and Dr. Robin Travers
  • Meet and Greet with Honorary Team Captain, four time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers
  • Fundraising tools and support to help your exceed your fundraising goals. Additionally, you will have a unique fundraising website where you can share your story and accept secure online donations.
  • Private pre-race team space in Hopkinton where runners can stretch, eat and get ready for their run
  • Fundraising contests and incentives
  • Exclusive Running for Cover apparel
  • Cheering section for family members and supporters along marathon course
  • Sunscreen and Lip balm for protected running
  • The knowledge that you are running to support MFNE’s mission of education, prevention and support!
  • and more!

Requirements for invitational runners:

Invitational runners have not received an official race entry through another source.

  • Raise a minimum of $4,000 by May 1, 2014. While the required minimum is set at $4,000 per runner, additional consideration will be given to runners who are willing to make a more aggressive fundraising commitment.
  • Submit a non-refundable $15 application fee upon apply to the team. If accepted, this fee will be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee and valid credit card information upon acceptance to the team. This fee will not be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Pay a BAA race application fee of $325 in addition to your fundraising minimum.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 21, 2014.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than 6 hours.

23.  National Multiple Sclerosis Society

To inquire about registering for Marathon Strides Against MS, please email Nancy.Dlugoenski@nmss.org or call the Chapter at 1-800-344-4867.

The application may be found here.  There is a $25 application fee.  If accepted,the fee will be credited towards the $75 team fee.

24.  New England Aquarium

Our hands-on, traveling education programs reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Funds raised through the marathon team will be used to support these outreach programs, giving children and families from underserved neighborhoods what is often their first experience with marine life, including touch tidepools and free Aquarium admission. Each program incorporates conservation messages to help area youth understand the importance of nature, why they need to help protect the oceans and the simple things they can do to make a difference. The programs also encourage young people to be active in the natural world.

Holli Flaherty
marathon@neaq.org
617.226.2127

The team application may be found here.  The online application process must be completed no later than October 25th but team members will be selected on a rolling basis beginning on September 10.

25.  New England Patriots Foundation

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, as well as from Patriots players who offer their support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. In 2012, the Foundation will work to raise volunteerism awareness through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.

Susan Hurley
charityteams@comcast.net
978.852.7891

26.  Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students, and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving inner city children and teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 40,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Gena Borson
redsoxfoundation@redsox.com
617.226.6440

27.  Tenacity

Founded in 1999, Tenacity, Inc. serves over 5,000 City of Boston students annually with high quality programs that impart the skills and resilience needed for under-served youth to lead productive, successful lives.  The Tenacity Pathway to Post-Secondary Success is comprised of year-round programs serving students aged six through college graduation with academic enrichment, tennis instruction and competition, and other life enhancing experiences.  Over 98% of our Middle School Academy graduates earn their high school diploma; 70% of those students pursue post secondary academics.  Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Official Charity Program directly support the free programs Tenacity, Inc. offers City of Boston youth.

The application can be found here.  There is a $50 application fee.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until December 31.

28.  American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team

“Tedy’s Team,” is a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association through their training for the Boston Marathon® and many other major road races.  Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them – calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Zachary Blackburn
zachary.blackburn@heart.org
781.373.4529

The 2014 team application may be found here.  The minimum fundraising requirement is $5,000.

All In

April 20, 2012

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The Boston Marathon has come and gone in one ridiculously hot near 5 hour rush.  I’m sure I’ll get around to writing a race recap of it soon enough, but for now I wanted to announce my new personal challenge.  I’ve now run two marathons, both Boston, in 2009 and 2012.  I cannot honestly say I felt that I reached my potential for either marathon.  This shouldn’t be confused with disappointment in how I performed in each marathon.  Both times I felt like I gave the actual race everything I had on that day and could not have done anything more to improve my time.  That said, I was disappointed in my training leading up to both.  I had my reasons in 2009 that I won’t revisit here.  This time I felt relatively good about the number of miles I put into training, but not the quality.  Simply put, I did everything wrong, despite the sage advice of Rebecca.  The biggest, most obvious, and most egregious mistake was logging roughly 99% of my miles on a treadmill and not doing any hill work, which obviously caught up to me during the marathon.  Simply put, I don’t feel like I’ve yet given myself the absolute best chance to have a good marathon and I’m dying to know what I can accomplish when I have.

Being from West Hartford, CT originally, I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of the Hartford Marathon.  It’s in October, which means a good shot at nice weather.  It’s also supposed to be a fairly flat course on which many of my Goon Squad teammates PR’ed.  So, it is on the streets of Hartford (and West Hartford) that I will throw down my personal gauntlet.  If I do not meet my pre-set goal time, tentatively set at 3:45, I will take a break from the marathon distance and only revisit it when and if life circumstances change to allow for a different training routine.  I’ve twice run and finished the most historic marathon in the world, it’s time to do more than finish.  It’s time to go all in.

A good marathon race means going all in not just for training, but lifestyle.  Here are a few things I know I need to do in between now and race day to maximize my chances of reaching my goal:

  1. Run outside more.  Much more.
  2. Eat right and get my racing weight down.
  3. Strength train
  4. Hill work
  5. Speed work

What do you do when you go all-in for your training?

I’m looking forward to this personal challenge.  Rebecca will be looking to PR at the BAA Half Marathon the week before and we plan to to motivate each other from now through our respective races.  I will go on record with my final time goal well in advance of race day.

Run Happy, readers, and never be afraid to go all in.