We have a team of runners in the Boston Marathon this year and can’t say how appreciative we are about their commitment to children with IBD.
I’ve lived in Boston all my life, watched the Marathon many times both in person and on TV. This year, for the first time, I got to thinking about what kind of real commitment, strength, courage and perseverance it takes to run a race like the Boston Marathon.
26 miles is no joke– and Heartbreak Hill, well the name speaks for itself. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun does it? Funny thing is, at almost any point along the race route as it winds through town after town, runners run by you with smiles. Runners respond to waves and cheers and signs with thumbs up and high fives. Even at the very top of Heartbreak Hill when most ordinary runners have slowed to a walk there is a feeling of sharing something wonderful, something meaningful. Runners amongst themselves, the crowds and the runners together, it’s a very special experience.
People run for all kinds of reasons. Runners come from all over the country, all over the world. Some, the professional athletes, run to compete against the best of the best. Many run in honor or in memory of a loved one. And some, as our team of runners will, run to help others.
What a generous gesture on their part. How hopeful it makes you when strangers come together as teammates pounding over 26 miles of pavement, every step raising funds to bring us closer to better treatments and better lives for children with IBD. Thank you, we’ll be with you every step of the way.