Patrick Knight fundraising for THE JOHN M BARRY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF NEWTON INC
Knight Bandits Running Club is running the Boston Marathon and raising money for the Newton Boys & Girls Club! I hope you will support us!
After suffering through last year’s Boston Marathon in record heat (88 degrees), I thought I would tackle the Marathon for a second year – determined that Mother Nature would not strike twice.
Well, sometimes the best laid plans don’t turn out as expected. My 2013 Boston Marathon story is different, but it has been irrevocably impacted by weather again… This year, I again diligently trained – never missing a scheduled run from November through March – hitting the streets at 6:05 AM every Tuesday and Thursday for more than four months and running long runs every Saturday that were as long as 18 miles… I was feeling great and ready to tackle this great marathon challenge once again.
Unfortunately, on March 20th, the first day of Spring, I slipped and fell on some black ice on my morning run – a picture (or video!) would paint a far better picture than a thousand words in this case… and regrettably suffered a dislocated shoulder when I fell. Sadly, I have had to admit that I cannot run the entire 26.2 miles this year, despite my ardent desire and faithful preparation. Having worked for so hard and so long, this is hard to accept. This could be really depressing, if I let it be.
In addition to the satisfaction that I received from challenging myself to prepare for the Marathon, I was rewarded by the support I got from so many for my fundraising efforts for the Newton Boys and Girls Club. Last year, I was proud that friends like you responded en masse and we raised more than $4,400 that went directly for children’s programming. A real part of my marathon run was and is “for the kids!”
Rather than roll over, I have decided to take a different approach to this year’s marathon. As my injury won’t allow me to run the entire 26.2 miles, I have drafted a few friends to help me get from Hopkinton to Boston… it is going to take a village and I am excited about this year’s race again. This year will be an off-the record effort (think Rosie Ruiz), but I am pleased to lead a group of non-runners that are teaming up to form the Knight Bandits Running Club!
So, I am making the best of the situation – I am going to log a leg in our relay effort – have to have some reward for my months of training! Importantly, I am fully committed to honor the $5,500 fundraising commitment that I made to the Newton Boys & Girls Club. The Club does great work and for the second year in a row, I am proud to help support the Club and the difference that it makes in the lives of so many young people.
It’s not plan A, but I am making the best of the situation. Please consider yourself invited to be a virtual member of the Knight Bandits and make a donation – it’s for the kids!
I am grateful for your consideration and will keep you posted on the team's success. Go to www.baa.org on race day, April 15th and you can track the progress of the Knight Bandits. We are bib number 21770!