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- Ed Cabellon
Where do you live? Brockton, MA
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? This is my SECOND Boston Marathon (3rd marathon, overall!)
Why did you choose Tenacity? I deeply believe in Tenacity's mission and know that the money we raise directly affects Boston's youth.
What inspires you on the long runs? My teammates, my family and friends, and all the inspiring work Tenacity does to positively impact student lives.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $7,500
- Eric Eidsmoe
Where do you live? Midland, Michigan
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? I have run 12 marathons. This will be my first time running Boston.
Why did you choose Tenacity? The fact that Tenacity incorporates physical fitness, especially tennis, into their programs really appealed to me. I have played tennis for more than 40 years, including high school, college, and USTA teams. I stay in touch with many of those team members and we still get together often. I joined our local tennis center first thing on arrival in Midland and made fast friends, including my company’s CEO! Tennis has so many physical, mental, and emotional facets, it's a great game to teach kids and I made sure my kids were exposed to it and many other sports as well. To encourage that, I was the coach of many of their baseball and soccer teams and even volunteered as an assistant coach on their high school tennis team. I was an active member of my son's Boy Scout troop as a committee member and went on many outings to help mentor the boys and be a good role model. I am an avid reader and have seen the joy that reading has given my kids, both now and back when my wife and I read to them daily. I am currently tutoring a 10th grade boy to improve his reading skills. So Tenacity's Mission is one I believe in very strongly and I’m very excited to be part of the marathon team.
What inspires you on the long runs? Long runs are the cornerstone of any marathon training program, so I know each one I finish will make me stronger on race day and make that experience better. Sometimes I will visualize the course of my next race and think about where I would be at that point on race day. Knowing I can pretty much eat anything I want the rest of the day helps too!
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $8,000
- Matt Fisher
Where do you live? Los Angeles, CA
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? 3 - Los Angeles 2017, Berlin 2017, and Ironman Vineman 2016
Why did you choose Tenacity? My values and experience are in extraordinary alignment with Tenacity’s mission. I lived for 14 months in Latin America and launched a youth program for 5th and 6th grade boys in abject poverty, giving hope to pre-teen boys without paternal role models in the ghettos of Costa Rica. I have served hundreds of hours working with youth in Mexico, served three years as a summer counselor and advisor for Camp Kesem, and have a passion for uplifting and empowering youth. Shifting gears, I have a parallel passion for sports and specifically tennis. My dad and uncle both played professionally, so I grew up around the sport and was a top junior player in Southern California. I played Club Tennis at UCLA and I coached at Corona del Mar High School as a JV and varsity assistant tennis coach. I value Tenacity’s approach, results, and presence in the community.
What inspires you on the long runs? As crazy as it may sound, I get genuinely inspired by the privilege I have to run. It is such a blessing to have good health, and to be in a position where I can raise money to make an impact on young lives. Having known many in underprivileged situations, having battled injuries myself, and having family members physically unable to run, I am filled with gratitude for my blessings on my long runs.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $7,500
- Bobby Gourdeau
Where do you live? Tampa, FL
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? 2, this will be my second Boston Marathon.
Why did you choose Tenacity? I ran for Tenacity in the 2016 Boston Marathon and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not because I had run the 26.2 miles on a very difficult track, but because I was a part of Tenacity. I've been very blessed in my life with opportunities to attend great schools and kick start my career at a top Cloud Technology Firm. However, there are a lot of kids out there today who don't get the same opportunities. Not because it's their choice, but because they may just not have the resources nor the education to be successful, so they need our help to support them with their dreams and goals. That's exactly what Tenacity is for. I have had several interactions with these kids and I can tell you that they all have a tenacious spirit about them. They want to be successful, but need help with after school programming and coaching to get there.
What inspires you on the long runs? I love the adrenaline rush I get when I go for a long run. The first few miles are tough, but then you all of the sudden get into a rhythm where you feel that road is moving with you and nothing else matters in the world except for you and your run. It's an amazing feeling. Plus the fundraising motivates me to put one foot in front of the other.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? I will be shooting for $10K this year. I raised about $7500 in 2016, so I feel with the help of family, friends, and strangers I can get there.
- Lukas Hansen
Where do you live? Primarily New York, but split time with Boston for work!
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? First one! My "bucket list" is short right now: reach the top of Heartbreak Hill to run through Boston College (my alma mater), where I was once one of the spectators cheering from the sidelines. The first HAD to be Boston.
Why did you choose Tenacity? I've always loved tennis, including playing at BC, and recently returned to Boston / New York after time in San Francisco and Chicago, so the choice was easy to get involved with Tenacity with the marathon kicking it all off.
What inspires you on the long runs? Early morning sunrises and calls home to mom (she puts up with my rambling when I'm short of breath!)
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $6,500
- Conor Henrie
Age: 24; 25 on Marathon Monday.
Where do you live? London-born, Lexington-raised, Lewiston-educated, Cambridge-residing Bostonian.
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? 0, but fired up to get on the scoreboard this April.
Why did you choose Tenacity? My brother and a number of other friends have been Tenacity fellows/interns/coordinators and I have known the organization for some time. Anyone that helps improve outcomes for students in Boston has my support and I know from seeing their experiences the amazing impact that Tenacity can have. This is my small way of helping out.
What inspires you on the long runs? Music. Podcasts. Sounds of the city. Overthinking random stuff. Nice views. Noticing my cadence. Checking my watch. Passing people. Getting passed by people. Racing rowers on the Charles. The fact that thousands of others are also sharing my misery during training. The support of my fundraising donors. Burning calories. Earning beers. Earning pizza. Remembering that every mile of training makes the marathon less intimidating.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $7,500. Proving that younger runners can raise money, one annoying text at a time.
- Caroline Lane
Tenacity board member and Tenacity Marathon Team manager
Age: Too old to run marathons any longer!
Where do you live? Newton Centre and North Chatham
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? Two Boston Marathons, 1992, 1993.
Why did you choose Tenacity? As a board member, I am committed to the Tenacity mission – and raising money is the most effective platform for me to offer my support to the students we serve on the Pathway. Establishing the relationship with the B.A.A. has proven to be of great benefit - to Tenacity because we have raised over $700,000 in five years, and to me personally because I have gotten to know so many talented and passionate marathoners. My husband Scott and daughter Lizzie have shared in the effort with me over the years, and as a family, we look forward to Marathon Monday 2018!
What inspires you to be the team manager? My inspiration comes from assembling the team in the fall, many of them first time marathoners, guiding them through the cold winter to the spring taper, all while watching them gain confidence in their ability to tackle two daunting challenges - running 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston and raising several thousand dollars through their own networks to support Tenacity’s programs for Boston youth. When Patriots’ Day arrives, the runners - proudly wearing their Tenacity Marathon Team shirts - take to the starting line to experience the most storied race course in marathon history. Then hours later, we meet again in Boston, beyond the finish line at our team party, where we celebrate their amazing accomplishments.
- Greg Leya
Where do you live? Cambridge, MA (originally from Chicago)
Number of marathons, if any? 6 (plus a few trail-running ultra marathons on the side for fun)
Why did you choose Tenacity? I first learned about Tenacity in undergrad during an overnight fundraising tournament with the Harvard Club Tennis team, and I was immediately inspired by its mission. As a lifelong competitive tennis player and academic advisor for undergraduate students, I am a strong believer in the mental, physical, and developmental benefits of tennis (and sports in general). Tenacity embodies my beliefs and brings them to fruition for underprivileged Boston youth, so I could not be more privileged than to finally run Boston with Tenacity.
What inspires you on the long runs? Getting out into nature.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $7,500
- Amy Lipton
Where do you live? Cambridge, MA
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? This will be my second marathon, and second Boston.
Why did you choose Tenacity? Because I work at Tenacity! I'm a Family Engagement Coordinator in Tenacity's Middle School Academy, so I am lucky enough to see firsthand where our fundraising is going. I work everyday with the students for whom we are running the marathon, which is pretty awesome.
What inspires you on the long runs? It depends on the day! I listen to a lot of podcasts and music. Mostly though, I'm motivated when I think about the intense level of energy and excitement during Boston, the feeling of running through BC's campus (my alma mater) and seeing family/friends along the course, and the knowledge that all the miles I'm running during the winter will make race day that much easier.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? $6,500
- Andrew VanderPloeg
Where do you live? Boston, MA. I live in Back Bay, just a few blocks from the finish line!
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? 0. Boston will be my first!
Why did you choose Tenacity? I chose Tenacity years ago. My good friend and college roommate, Owen Kasser, ran the marathon with Tenacity in 2013. We had both seen Tenacity at some of the tennis courts near our apartment at the time, and when he was interested in running the marathon got connected with Tenacity. As I learned about Tenacity and their mission, through him and his fundraising efforts, I knew that when I decided to run the marathon it would 100% have to be with Tenacity. I have played tennis since I was little, and it is a sport that has helped me throughout life, and I know it will be a lifelong sport. So to support Tenacity through their mission and the sport of tennis is great.
What inspires you on the long runs? Everyone who has endured/run the marathon in the past. Everyone who encounters challenges on a daily basis and overcomes them. And most importantly the students in the Tenacity program. I know Tenacity is providing such great mentorship and tutoring. And also introducing students to the great sport of tennis. Tenacity, through those efforts, is opening up opportunities to students they otherwise would not have. It feels great to know you are helping them learn and get the direction they need to achieve their goals.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? I am trying to raise $8,000 for Tenacity, though my goal is to exceed that number by as much as possible.
- Clyde Waggoner
Where do you live? Denver, CO
Occupation? Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Number of marathons, if any, and number of Boston Marathons? I have run a 100 mile ultra, Javelina Jundred (yes, Javelina Jundred in the Sonora Desert) 100, Skyline to the Sea 50K (3), Moab Red Hot 33K, Ironman Hawaii, Ironman Malaysia, Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman Florida (4 times), New York City Marathon (2), Pueblo Marathon, St. George Marathon, Escape from Alcatraz and lived, and multiple half marathon and half Ironman Races. My last ultra was a 50K three years ago. Still running here and there, but now time to train for this dream-come-true Boston Marathon and the remarkable cause that Tenacity represents.
Why did you choose Tenacity? I chose Tenacity because the cause truly resonated with me. Having grown up in Eastern Kentucky, I was in a slower educational track through most of my early years. It wasn’t until a junior high school principal took me from one of the slowest groups and placed me in one of the fastest groups that I started to excel academically. He saw something in me that no one else did. He cared enough to try to make a difference in young boy’s life. He believed in me until I learned to believe in myself! He taught me that if I wanted something bad enough, I could achieve it! I have carried this with me all my life. Did he ever make a difference! I went on to become the first in my family to go to college and became an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.
I see Tenacity as providing the same hope and opportunities to young adults that need someone to believe in them. An organization that provides opportunities where before there were closed doors. A hand where there was not a hand before.
What inspires you on the long runs? I am honored and humbled to have been selected to be a part of this team. All my accomplishments in running are long gone and I am not the runner I once was. But I will get through the great Boston Marathon because I want to be a part of and contribute to an organization that can reach out and make a difference peoples’ lives.
How much are you trying to raise for Tenacity? My goal is to raise $25,001 for this amazing cause.
At present, our team of 15 openings for 2018 is full, and we have a growing waiting list. This is Tenacity’s sixth year in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, and since 2013, our teams have raised over $695,000. That’s more than $7,500 per runner!
Runners have the opportunity to participate in team building events, contests and training runs while enjoying inspirational messages from our team managers and coach. The Tenacity Marathon Team is coached by Dan Fitzgerald, a multi-time Boston Marathon qualifier and proprietor of Heartbreak Hill Running Company. Team members will be a part of Boston history as they take on the challenge of running in the 122nd Boston Marathon.
Tenacity Marathon Team members have a chance to learn what Tenacity is doing to improve the scholastic, character, and physical development of Boston youth as they raise money through their networks of colleagues, friends and family. They can also take advantage of meeting with our students as part of their efforts to help Tenacity close the opportunity and achievement gaps that exist for those living in under-resourced Boston communities.
If you are a Qualifier for the 2018 Boston Marathon registered with the BAA and would like to enjoy the benefits of being part of a charity team with a lower fundraising commitment, please send a message to our B.A.A. liaison and Tenacity Board Member, Caroline Lane at Caroline.Lane@comcast.net. We offer great incentives and host a fabulous Tenacity Marathon Team party after the race.
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