I can't believe I'm running the 2012 Boston Marathon! Will you please support me? All of the money will be used to help kids. Thank you!

Dear Friends,

I am running the 2012 Boston Marathon! I can't believe I'm running! I shouldn't be running! First of all, there's my age factor: I'm in that over forty crowd. Then there's my "Clydesdale" weight classification, which puts me at a distinct disadvantage. Also, my 4:08 finishing time, (as admirable as it is) is nowhere near the 3:30 qualifying time I needed.

So how is it I'm running when I didn't qualify? Well, that's where the good folks at The Boys & Girls Club come in. They will give me a legitimate entry into The 2012 Boston Marathon under certain conditions--well, one really. That I raise some money to help their wonderful organization do what it does best: HELP KIDS.

I will be running with my wife, Lisa (who did qualify), on a team of 15 other runners who are also supporting The Boys & Girls Club mission. I’m really excited to support this Club. When I was in college, I volunteered at the local Boys & Girls Club, so I've seen and experienced first hand what good The Club does in communities.

The Boys & Girls Club offers kids a fun place to go every day after school. A place where there are professional staff who care about them and provide programs that are fun and build good character along the way.

The money we raise together will have a direct impact on improving the lives of children and their families. You can help by supporting my 2012 Boston Marathon goal of $35,000 for The Boys & Girls Club.

There are two ways you can support The Boys & Girls Club through the marathon program:

(1) You can make out a check payable to The Boys & Girls Club and mail it to me: Randy Larson 601 Industrial Park Road Ashland, WI 54806

(2) Or better yet, click on the green DONATE button right now. It's up at the top of the page by my photo. It's quick. It's easy. And just knowing you've helped some kids will make you feel really good-- a lot better than I will feel the day after the marathon!

Thank you so much.

Randy Larson, Boston Marathoner

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