Sidewalks and roads are treacherous as winter storms continue to strike the Boston area. Considering the harsh conditions, most people would balk at the chance to run outside for 15+ miles each week. Yet we have a hearty group of runners who are pushing their personal limits to get ready for what could be the most significant international athletic event ever hosted in our fair city: the 2014 Boston Marathon®.
Thanks to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program, Boston Partners in Education is extremely excited to be joining the 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. This year we have six runners running for us, three of whom are returning from the 2013 Marathon to finish the race at last.
Meet Team Boston Partners!
Ruth Dowling, Brandon Shankle, and Meaghan Dorsi with Executive Director Pamela Civins
Meaghan Dorsi decided to run after last year’s tragedy, which inspired her to represent Boston’s spirit of strength and perseverance. She is “honored to run for the victims of last year’s attack and thankful for Boston Partners in Education for giving me the chance to join them in making a difference.”
Annie braving the cold to train for Marathon Monday!
Annie Antonellis is continuing a family tradition of supporting youth in Boston through Boston Partners— her father Joe Antonellis is the Chairman of our Board of Directors! Annie’s journey is a challenging one, as she is finding time to train while also staying extremely busy in her final year of medical school. “I decided to do something a little crazy and run the Boston Marathon!” Annie said.
Ruth Dowling has been a fantastic supporter of Boston Partners in Education for several years, acting both as a Board Member and a volunteer. Ruth has been a Power Lunch volunteer for the last three years, and says that “spending time with Alisha is a highlight of my week.”
Ruth dedicates her time to helping Alisha improve her reading skills and self-confidence
Due to the unfortunate events that unfolded at the 2013 Boston Marathon, everyone who was unable to cross the finish line was offered a chance to take on the course again. We are proud to have our 2013 “Dream Team” Carissa Catarella, Brandon Shankle, and Benton Berman representing Boston Partners in Education again this year.
Carissa Catarella, Brandon Shankle, and Benton Berman are back to finish the race!
Our team is part of the Marathon Coalition, a group of non-profits who have banded together to help all of our runners achieve the best possible results, both on and off the course. Under the guidance of Coach Rick Muhr, our runners are ready mentally and physically for both fundraising and the race.
Our team members with the runners of the Marathon Coalition (Photo Credit: Tyler Trahan)
You can read more about our amazing team of runners at http://www.crowdrise.com/BPE2014BostonMaraton. Here you’ll find biographies of our runners, and personal statements about why they chose to support Boston Partners in Education. You can also make a donation to help support our runners meet their goal of running the Boston Marathon, and help Boston Partners in Education support Boston Public Schools.