Many Natick residents are registered to take part in the 2024 Boston Marathon on April 15. Some have qualified by posting fast times in previous races, while others are participating to raise funds for charities in Natick and beyond.
Here’s a form you can fill out if you’d like us to include your Boston Marathon profile (including a link to your fundraising site) on this page. Please, only those who either live in Natick, or who are taking part in the race for a Natick charity, should fill this out. We’ll try to get entries added to this page within a day or two of receiving them.
Runner: Griffin Rodden
Charity & fundraising page: SPARK Kindness
Why you’re running for this cause: Exercising has always been a part of my life; I incorporate it into my daily routine through the gym and various sports such as soccer and lacrosse, recognizing its positive impact on my physical and mental health. I am eager to run the Boston Marathon for the charity SPARK Kindness, whose mission is to build a kind, resilient, and welcoming community where no one feels alone, bullied, unsupported, or unconnected. The charity’s focus on fostering connection and resilience resonates with me, recognizing that in challenging times, community support is essential. I am honored to be given this opportunity to raise awareness and funds towards SPARK’s free programs that benefit our community.
How many Boston Marathons have you run? First marathon
Interesting fact about your running: I have been motivated to run my first marathon at 19 after watching my mom complete two Boston Marathons in 2010 and 2014.
Runner: Patrick McSweeney
Charity & fundraising page: Kids Connect Natick
Why you’re running for this cause: I’m running the 128th Boston Marathon to raise money for Kids Connect, Inc., a non-profit in Natick, MA, and could use your help! Kids Connect provides creative, one to one tutoring to students in need of academic help in grades 1 through 12 in a variety of subjects. Each one to one session is with a highly qualified tutor, many of whom are teachers in the Natick school system. They have a sliding scale fee structure and no child is ever turned away.
Runner: Maria McBride
Charity & fundraising page: Kids Connect Natick
Why you’re running for this cause: As someone who grew up in Natick and now lives here in this wonderful town, it was very important to me to fundraise for a Natick-based charity for my marathon fundraiser. This special town is made up of so many hard-working people striving to improve the lives of others, and the Kids Connect team is no exception. When you support Kids Connect through my marathon fundraiser, you will help ensure that kids who need extra academic help will receive exactly that.
Runner: Paul Joseph
Charity & fundraising page: Natick Service Council
Why you’re running for this cause: As a donor, volunteer, and former Board member of the Natick Service Council, I’ve seen, first hand, the community needs being addressed by the NSC over many years, and sadly, there’s more need today than ever. The staff and volunteers are committed to helping our neighbors in need for food, financial support to bridge a short-term hardship, and job search/upskilling, with a focus on respect and dignity for all clients and community members seeking their help. In fact, services, such as the employment resources, are open to all community members, not just clients of the NSC.
How many Boston Marathons have you run? This will be my 15th Boston, 29th full marathon
Interesting fact about your running: I’ve got a love-hate relationship with running. I had never run a road race before participating in my first full marathon in 2006 (that year I ran 3 full marathons b/c I didn’t want to waste all that training!). It was on a random day at my in-laws in the summer of 2005 that put the notion of running a marathon in my head – I got lost on a jog in southern CT and when I went back to measure how far I’d run it was 13+ miles! Prior to that I’d never run more than 5 or 6 miles at a time. For me, marathoning is the ultimate “mindset” sport.
Runner: Olivia Canavan
Charity & fundraising page: Natick Community Organic Farm
Why you’re running for this cause: My grandparents owned the first commercial organic vegetable farm in upstate NY in the 1970’s. Their influence throughout my childhood instilled a sense of appreciation for growing produce, caring for animals, and respecting the Earth. The mission of the Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF) embodies this love for agriculture and teaching people about land. The NCOF provides learning opportunities for people in our community to learn about agriculture and farming, from raising livestock to growing organic produce. Organic farming practices help soil health and vitality, which is more sustainable and better for human health. By teaching people how to raise their own food and animals, the NCOF helps our community be independent and fosters an appreciation for agriculture.
How many Boston Marathons have you run? 0
Interesting fact about your running: I am a sighted guide for a visually impaired runner in Boston!
Runner: Sara Collins
Charity & fundraising page: Natick Center Cultural District
Why you’re running for this cause: Support of their work to improve culture in Natick and surrounding areas
How many Boston Marathons have you run? First one
Interesting fact about your running: Started running again last February after an abusive relationship
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