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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

State #25: New Jersey, Jersey Shore Marathon

This was an emotional marathon for many marathoners after the Boston Marathon.  Several runners that could not finish Boston were able to run the Jersey Shore Marathon.  The marathon community is stronger than ever.

The Jersey Shore was still under construction since Hurricane Sandy hit.  It was sad to see how much destruction and impact it had on business and residential areas.

The highlights of this marathon for me were meeting Sutah (DIVA #1) and finding a first time marathoner, Loren, and helping her to the finish line from mile 8 and on. 






Loren and I

Boston Strong

I am really heartbroken by what happened at the Boston Marathon just a few days ago.  I was volunteering at mile 18 in Newton and had several friends that were running, spectating, and volunteering.  Thankfully, all of my friends are okay, but I am really saddened by the amount of people injured and those who are no longer here. 

Ever since I was in high school, I have wanted to run the Boston Marathon.  I plan on running Boston as my 50th state.  My dad loved Boston. He was a big Boston sports fan, especially rooting for the Red Sox.  Boston holds a really special place in my heart and it will always be my favorite city. 

I have signed up to donate blood at Boston College next week.  To donate blood, click here: Red Cross Blood Donations To donate to the One Fund that Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick have established click here: http://onefundboston.org/  I am joining a group run tonight (4/17) in Wakefield, MA, for two brothers that were injured at the marathon. The Mystic Runners have organized this run, all registration fees will go to the Norden Family of Wakefield. Click here to read more about the run: http://www.mysticrunners.com/

I am also doing The Last Mile walk/run in Salem, MA on 4/18 at 6:45pm.  For info about this event and other events, go to:  http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/04/17/boston-marathon-relief-events/

I know our running community/family is strong and will continue to run and help the victims.  Marathon runners are some of the most generous people I have met.  I am proud of Boston and proud to call it home. Please pray for Boston, run for Boston, donate for Boston in the days, weeks, and months ahead.