My name is Ashley & I have been a grateful member of the Boston Bulldogs since November 2018, when I started my journey in recovery from drugs & alcohol. Running the Boston Marathon for the Boston Bulldogs is an honor & 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 & 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, & 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 & 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, & running alongside my Bulldog family every week. Help me support this amazing club that gives so much to its members, the community & to each other.