Thank you for visiting my official Boston Marathon Page! As many of you know, I have long been an avid runner. My love for running came to fruition as a result of my parents requiring me to participate in extracurricular activities throughout the school year. I thank my parents every day because running indoor track my sophomore year of high school eventually transformed me into a two season track athlete at Danvers High School, a Division 1 school record-holder at The College of the Holy Cross, and most importantly, a more holistic individual as a result of my track career.
On April 21, 2014 I will be lacing up my sneakers with my roommate, former teammate, and best friend, Sarah Meinelt, to run the Boston Marathon on behalf of RESPOND. Based in Somerville, MA, RESPOND is New England's first domestic violence agency. Statistics show that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her life. Through prevention, intervention and education, RESPOND seeks to put an end to domestic violence. A pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, RESPOND has been providing life-saving shelter, education and support services to members of the Boston community for over thirty-five years.
Even though I have always competed as part of a team, the vast majority of my running career has been of a very individualistic nature. For me, racing has always been a battle against the clock and against the opposing team. During the Boston Marathon, the race will take on a whole new meaning, as I will have the opportunity to run for a greater cause than myself and my team. I will have the opportunity to run to put an end to domestic abuse. I hope that you will join me in this battle.
The Boston Marathon is one of the city's largest and most prized annual events. Like our ever glorified sports teams, Marathon Monday is something that is ingrained in the fabric of Boston and its people. Thousands of runners and spectators from all over the world flood the streets to take part in the giant, city-wide street celebration. The Boston Marathon is more than just a sporting event: taking place on Patriot's Day, the Marathon is a symbolic representation of strength, resiliency, freedom, and the human spirit. These are defining characteristics that make us all BOSTON STRONG. This year will undoubtedly be filled with a great deal of emotion as my fellow runners and I take to the streets to honor not only the victims and heroes of last year's tragic events, but also the city of Boston and all of its people.
My goal for the 2014 Boston Marathon is to raise $5,000 in support of and on behalf of RESPOND. Please contribute to my cause in any manner that you see possible. I greatly appreciate any amount that you are willing to donate. Thank you for all of your time, love, and support.