On Wednesday December 7th Team Red Cross kicked off their Boston Marathon training. 65 runners have embarked on the journey to run 26.2 miles for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts in the 2017 Boston Marathon.
The kickoff party was held at Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s new location in Cambridge. The party started with some eating, mingling, and discounted shopping in the running store. The new runners discussed with each other training best practices, fundraising ideas, and made plans to run together and attend each other’s fundraising events.
Some notable speakers at the event were Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross of Massachusetts, Ralph Boyd, and Chief Development Officer of the Red Cross of Massachusetts, James McDermott. Coach Dan Fitzgerald gave some wonderful insight on marathon training and a few beautiful words of inspiration to kick off the first run. Also speaking at the event about best practices for running and fundraising was long time marathoner and avid Red Cross volunteer and donor, Karen Teller. Karen helped start Team Red Cross six years ago and has been team captain ever since. Closing out the program was Jessica Woomer, Team Red Cross Manager for the Red Cross of Massachusetts.
The runners and Coach Dan all ended the night with a fun run in the new jamming, lit up and flashing treadmill studio. Using alternating treadmill intervals and high intensity floor work to get the runners ready for the tough training season.
Not only are these strong runners training for a marathon, they have devoted themselves to fundraising half a million dollars collectively for the American Red Cross! When Team Red Cross reaches their goal of $500,000 they will have fundraised more than ever before. The team is right on track with a total of $150,000 raised to help those in need already. These 65 runners encompass everything the Red Cross would want in a volunteer/fundraiser and with all of them together as a team there is no telling what they will accomplish!