My name is Ashley and I have been a grateful member of the Boston Bulldogs since November 2018, when I started my journey in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Running the Boston Marathon for the Boston Bulldogs is an honor and a privilege. After watching the Bulldogs' marathon team in 2019, I started to think that if I applied the same principles laid out for us, maybe I could do it too. That spark of hope planted the seed of change in my life both on and off the pavement. Last year, with the help of this club, I completed my 1st marathon, the 2020 Boston Marathon, with my friends, family, & teammates by my side. It was by far one of the best days of my life.
This year, I am so excited to return to the marathon team. I did not show up to the res as a runner my very first Saturday. Today, I can say I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a co-worker, a friend, a partner, and a runner. As a runner, I stay transparent with myself. As a member of the leadership program I show up so I may be of service to others, while staying accountable to myself and my goals. As a running coordinator for Plymouth's chapter, I am able to give back so that others can experience the opportunity for change that stems from this community. I am grateful to be available in all of these capacities as a result of following those before me in this club, and running alongside my Bulldog family every week. Help me support this amazing club that gives so much to its members, the community and to each other.