I don’t know about you, but when I get inundated with technical information or features and benefits for some new product I tend to zone out kind of like this:

My point is, when you run for a charity you need to inform potential donors about the program.  As you know, I’m running for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team (DFMC).  The Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research was established in 1987 by Dana-Farber Trustees Delores Barr Weaver and her husband, Wayne, in memory of Delores’ mother.  Now in its 25th season, DFMC’s annual roster has blossomed to include hundreds of dedicated athletes who share the Weavers’ vision of a world without cancer (700+ this year!).

One very important this I like to mention a lot is that one hundred percent of the funds raised by DFMC team members support Barr Program research.  That’s right, 100%.  Not many charitable organizations can claim that.  To date, DFMC has raised more than $61 million, and nearly 200 innovative scientific investigations have received critical funding.  In 2014, the team aims to celebrate its 25th year by raising $5.3 million.  I believe the DFMC just passed the $5 million mark last week so it looks like it’ll be a very good year!

Instead of listing all of the very impressive impact statements go here for some of the program’s most significant results to date.  These impact statements provide information about specific, quantifiable Barr Program achievements.  A lot of great stuff is being done at Dana-Farber.  This program plays a pivotal role in the development of early-career scientists who work on a broad range of research investigations in order to yield new clues about cancer.  It is also critical for conducting basic research, which is not eligible for federal fundraising until well along in proof of principle.

There are lots of official charitable teams that participate in Boston Marathon.  29 total this year.  There are also many more unofficial teams.  I keep coming back to the DFMC because of the aforementioned reasons.  Plus, I have a connection with cancer in my family. My mother was a breast cancer survivor (who ultimately succumbed to Parkinson’s dementia just past her 60th birthday).  My aunt died from lung cancer and her son/my cousin died from melanoma when he was just 19.  And this isn’t my first time running for a friend on the DFMC.  In 2007 I ran for my dear friend Suma who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia the previous year.

And this year, it’s Ezra.  We’ve been internet buddies for the about the last couple of years and met less than a year ago the Brooklyn Bike Cult show.  I’ve been following his blog for several years.  Not unlike many of you.  There is just something very compelling about Ezra that prompted me to run the 2014 Boston Marathon with the DFMC and dedicate this effort to him.  If you’ve met Ezra, you know what I’m taking about.  Even if you haven’t, you probably also know what I’m taking about.  You are here reading this because of him.  Either directly or indirectly.  Like me, you’re on pins and needles waiting for his next blog posting (which I was told  yesterday by Ezra that he is working on at the moment).  And what made me run?  Maybe because he is a peer.  Maybe because his brutal honesty in the way he shares his life with perfect strangers.  Maybe because I just couldn’t sit by and do nothing.  By running the 2014 Boston Marathon with the DFMC, I am not going to make Ezra live longer.  I truly wish that was the case.  I am counting on the donations I receive will create new cures and better treatment regimens and raise awareness for early detection.  Running a marathon isn’t easy.  Fundraising isn’t easy either.  But it’s nothing compared to having to deal with terminal cancer.  So here I am.  Running yet again.  I just felt I had to run and I did.

Speaking of running, tapering is going well.  The speed workout was a 2 X (400, 800, 1200, 1600 meters) @ 5K race pace with 200, 400, 600 and 800 meter recovery, respectively (whew!).  A quick photo of inside the track:


I did my final Arc run of the season last night.  Was lucky to hook up with a couple of other DFMC teammates on the T ride out to Woodland.  They were running at the same pace so we ran the entire 8 miles together.  I recently purchased a FlipBelt and tried it out for the first time last night.  Worked like a charm! Easy to access my phone so I can take photos during the race.  I’ve never carried my phone with me during any of my 5 previous marathons, but with the events form last year, I want to have one on me.  Plus, it’s going to be an amazing day so want to document as much as I can.  Anyway, I also put my wallet and keys in the belt and nothing bounced around.  Very secure.  With all the rules and regulations at this year’s Boston Marathon (and they seem to change by the day), like no bags to the start, it’s nice to have a little storage.





Here’s the route (go here for the Garmin):

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I’ve also been digging through lots of stuff from my previous Boston Marathons.  This was a special “key” to unlock the NIKETOWN (Newbury & Exeter) Prize Vault back in 2002.  I didn’t win the $1000 shopping spree.


I also dusted off some Boston Marathon posters from each marathon I’ve run.  As an annual tradition, Adidas has, for the past several years, published the official poster for the Boston Marathon, distributing them at the Expo the weekend before the marathon.  The Adidas posters (2001, 2002, 2007, 2009) have all of the registered runners’ names are watermarked on them.  For some reason, I didn’t get the Adidas poster in 2000, but instead got the Nike version.  This poster is probably my favorite.  I got Joan Benoit Samuelson’s autograph at the Expo that year and you can see it in the Mile 25 box.  Also, note in the 2009 photo on the left side you can see runners bent over.  We used to have chips on our shoes so had to stop and have them removed by the volunteers.  Thankfully the chips are now in the bib numbers!
Oh, and I also sent off the first round of appreciation cards and decals from my local post office:


Speaking of fundraising, it’s going really well!  Up to $4620.  The past 5 days have brought in $470!  Wow!!!!  I’m still hoping to get to the $10,000 mark!
Finally, I e-mail Ezra a several times a week with marathon updates.  Got some good news from him yesterday that it was his first pain-free day since leaving the hospital.  His baseline dose was upped just a bit, and as he put it, amazing what such a tiny difference can make.  He mentioned diving back into his blog post so I’m looking forward to when he posts that.  Seems his brain is also acclimating to the new dosage regimen which understandably can lead to fatigue.  I feel weird about reporting stuff as I generally like him to post his current status and condition.  I thought this little update would be okay as it’s positive news.  I would love to see Ezra prior to the marathon but that might not be possible.  We’re still working on it….
If you’d like to donate, select the wicked laaaahge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.



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