Very thankful for all of your support, and very thankful that all friends and family came away safe. 25.6 miles complete, .6 still owed!
As many of you know, I’ve been connected with Tenacity, a tennis, tutoring, and life-skills development organization here in Boston ever since its first summer of 1999. My volunteer high school tennis coach (2nd picture above, old guy with the hat) roped me and some teammates into joining Tenacity’s first core group of summer tennis instructors as the program got off the ground. We ran sites in West Roxbury, Brighton, JP, Hyde Park, Dorchester, the South End, and on the Common during those summers of 1999-2002, and it was a terrific experience.
Since then, I’ve stayed connected to Tenacity in various ways: by donating, by volunteering, and by showing up at their fancy fundraising parties when Ned least expects it. It’s been great to see Tenacity grow in capacity, stability, reach, and effectiveness year after year. Tenacity served roughly 1,600 kids that first summer, a figure which has since surpassed 5,000 annually. You can read more about it at www.tenacity.org.
So, earlier this fall when Tenacity was accepted into the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and started recruiting runners/fundraisers, I took a leap and committed both to running the full course, and to raising $9,500 from family and friends in order to earn my spot on the starting line.
The 26.2 miles is on me. The $9,500 is where I need your help. Whether our paths first crossed in West Roxbury, at Latin, at Newell, on Foxhall Rd., at Molly’s, in Beacon Hill, or somewhere else, chances are you know that I’m a big fan of running and that I absolutely believe in Tenacity’s work to help Boston’s at-risk kids.
It’d be awesome to have you join in any way you can. Donations are tax-deductible. Just for fun, if you check out the suggested donation levels, chances are that you’ll recognize one of the numbers and/or tag lines.
Here’s the deal I had in mind: If you help get me to the starting line in Hopkinton, not only will I run all the way to and across the finish line in Boston, but I’ll even keep running straight to the party we’ll be throwing in your collective honor downtown that afternoon. You won’t want to miss it.
Thanks so much. All best in the New Year, and see you soon.