Dear Supporter, thank you for visiting my page. My marathon story began in the spring of 2001 when I was in sixth grade.
My grandfather was dying of cancer and to celebrate his life and legacy, my mother Mary ran the Boston Marathon. As I watched her cross the finish line in front of the Prudential, I knew I wanted to take on the same challenge and run a marathon. Fast forward 11 years and I was speaking with a friend about my interest and hesitation in signing up for a marathon. I desperately needed a purpose. He told me “It is always easier when you are running for someone or something”. Thinking back to my Mother's marathon, I ran my first marathon in honor of my cousin who had recently taken his own life.
After my first, I decided one marathon a year for five years and the fifth, would be at home in Boston. Past the monuments in DC, through the mountains of Malibu, the boroughs of Chicago, from the Stadium to the Sea in LA, it is now time to cross the finish line at the Pru.
This April, 2017, I will run the Boston Marathon in support of Back on my Feet. I joined Back on My Feet in the spring of 2016. This organization combats homelessness and addiction through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Back on My Feet stands for everything that I believe running has given to me – confidence, community, and self-worth. Every week I see the program working and motivating the members to get back on their feet.
I am inspired by this organization, the members, and the other volunteers; and I am truly honored to run the 2017 Boston Marathon on behalf of Back On My Feet, LA.
Any support no matter how small will go towards BOMF, LA.
Kelsey V Shea