I’m Running the 2018 Boston Marathon!!!

I'm Running the 2018 Boston Marathon

2018 Boston Marathon, here I come!

Say what now?! 2018 Boston Marathon here I come!

The Boston Athletic Association’s communications team has graciously granted me a media entry. (They provide access to a bib; I pay the registration fee.) But I’m also running for charity in honor of the 2018 Boston Marathon’s campaign, “Year of Service.”

The 2018 Boston Marathon “Year of Service”

In 1918, the Boston Marathon was run as a military relay race to keep the race going in the midst of World War I. As the 100th anniversary of that event, the 2018 Boston Marathon will include a military relay, with service members from the eight towns along the course passing a baton like they did in 1918.

First responders and volunteers who served at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 will also be honored to commemorate the five-year anniversary of that day’s tragic events. And as a whole, the “Year of Service” pays homage to all the people who serve our country and their communities: military members, law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and race volunteers.

So I want to run my miles in service to others. I’ve joined Team Red Cross to raise money for the American Red Cross, a charity that makes service its mission. I hope you’ll consider donating.

I'm Running the 2018 Boston Marathon!

Team Red Cross

Week after week as a New York Road Runners race announcer, I have encouraged runners to donate to the American Red Cross and their hurricane relief efforts as part of my official announcements. Now, I’m making good on my words.

Because I know that the American Red Cross does so much more than hurricane relief. In Massachusetts alone, the Red Cross responds to hundreds of fires a year, runs the largest food pantry in New England, and staffs the Boston Marathon’s medical tents and course disruption centers with 600 medical and support volunteers. They’ve provided volunteers and medical support to the Boston Marathon for four decades, adding emergency response expertise in more recent years.

That’s in addition to all that the Red Cross does: disaster relief, health and safety training, lifesaving blood programs, food assistance, and services to the armed forces in communities all over the U.S. and abroad.

During the most recent blizzard in New England, the American Red Cross opened emergency shelters across Massachusetts. When a December fire in New York City killed 12 people and displaced 25 families, the American Red Cross was on the scene with blankets and shuttles to emergency housing. And the American Red Cross provides 40 percent of the nation’s blood. I’m so excited and honored to be running with Team Red Cross, and supporting their service mission.

Please consider donating through my CrowdRise page.

I’ll be posting training updates here and on social media with #PassTheBaton.

#Boston2018, here I come!


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