Why I Ran the Boston Marathon

As an athlete, a marathoner and former triathlete, I find so much confidence in sports and athleticism. When I started doing triathlons, I was introduced to a remarkable organization which empowers so many who are physically challenged to discover their abilities through sport by giving them the tools they need; from running and swimming limbs for amputees, to specialized wheelchairs to adaptive ski and snow sleds; where there is a will there is a way: The Challenged Athletes Association.

After the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing I saw this foundation lift the spirits of so many survivors first by showing them anything was possible by offering many of the amputees the opportunity to once again stand up with new legs or by offering them guidance to get back to living a full and able life.

The following year, in 2014, I competed in the Boston Marathon and raised more than $75,000 combined for the One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.