I am so excited to be training for the 2017 Boston Marathon! As a kid growing up in Framingham, I watched so many amazing people run by as we watched all the runners in front of La Cantina. Now, my husband and I bring our three children to the same spot to watch the marathon every year. Our whole family looks forward to Marathon Day each spring, and this year, I am honored to have a chance to be one of those runners.
While I have not been a runner my whole life, it has become a hobby of mine. I ran my first half marathon in 2005. After that, I took some time off to start our family. After my third child was born, I started running again, mostly as a way to get in shape. With two kids in school, the third came with me in the jogging stroller. I realized how much I enjoyed running and began challenging myself with some longer runs on the weekends (without the stroller). I tease that I began running longer distances to steal some “alone time.” In the fall of 2015, I trained for my second half marathon, the Ashland Half Marathon. That’s the first time I seriously thought that I could really train for a full marathon. Two months ago, I ran the Ashland Half Marathon for the second year in a row. I got a personal best time! But more than that, I realized that with some hard work and support from friends and family, that a full marathon might be more than just an aspiration. In what was perhaps a twist of fate, a good friend of mine approached me about running the 2017 Boston Marathon with the charity that she works with. So, it seems like the 2017 Boston Marathon was meant to be. I love that I can show my kids that setting goals and working hard to accomplish them is a fulfilling experience. And, I can show them how to pursue a healthy life style through exercise. On top of that, I can pursue this challenge while supporting a great cause - the Claddagh Fund. It’s a win-win!
The Claddagh Fund was founded in 2009 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys. Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band. Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
Utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising, The Claddagh Fund supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world.