Christine Gary: January 21, 2007; 13:45:20 i ran a half marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...HALF MARATHON! Christine Gary: 13:53:18 and i was tired from the get go...like i started running and was thinking ooooh boy, this is gonna be a long run, i have no energy... haha... and it was cold
Those were the words I found on my IM window when I came to work this morning. It was my daughter sharing with me the thrill of one more practice run as she trains to run in the 111th Boston Marathon on April 16, 2007, a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers). She'd run 11 miles with her team and then ran an additional 2 miles on her own to make it a half marathon.
The news that her training is right on track led me to google "Boston Marathon" and, in so doing, I landed on one of the most inspirational stories I've read in a long time. I discovered all about Team Hoyt. This is a father-son team who's now run 24 consecutive Boston Marathons. Their time? One of their marathons clocked in at 2:40:47. That's running 26.2 miles under three hours...and that with the father pushing his son who cannot walk. Watch this 4.5 minute video and be inspired! Team Hoyt is scheduled to run the 2007 Boston Marathon. I sent an IM to Christine, "Christine! You'll be running alongside them!" And she replied, "or faaaaaaaaaaaaar behind them."
About the Tufts University Marathon Challenge
Christine is running the 2007 Boston Marathon as a team member of The President's Marathon Challenge at Tufts University. "Each spring for the last four years nearly 200 Tufts students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends have taken on a dual challenge: to run the Boston Marathon and to raise funds to help support health, nutrition and fitness programs at Tufts. The participants complete the challenge under the guidance of experts from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts and Tufts sports medicine staff." [Boston Athletic Association News: scroll down on this link to read about the Tufts University Marathon Challenge].
Christine and every one of the 200 marathoners with the Tufts University Marathon Challenge Team is committed to their mission: "to raise funding to support nutrition, medical, and fitness research and education at Tufts." President Bacow has a goal of raising $75,000. Christine is half way on her goal of raising $1,000. You may sponsor Christine or any of the runners in the Tufts Marathon Challenge, including President Bacow. You'll receive a tax deductible receipt from Tufts University once your gift is processed.
I was inspired today by a student, a university president and a father and son team. For each of them running The Boston Marathon is a grueling challenge but as President Bacow says, "the pain is temporary, but the pride is permanent." My heart swells with pride for each of these marathoners and the legacy they leave behind as they each run and raise funds for tremendously worthwhile causes.
[Update: Though the 2007 Boston Marathon is over, we encourage site's visitors to sponsor the fundraising efforts of the Tufts Marathon Challenge teams on a yearly basis. Click this link and sponsor a runner, any runner. It all goes to a worthy cause].
Update: Christine Gary ran the 111th Boston Marathon as part of the Tufts University Marathon Challenge on April 16, 2007. After we posted this article Gary wrote several follow-up blogs:
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