Boston Bulldogs 2020 Marathon Team: Jennifer Teig von Hoffman

The Bulldogs will be represented for the 5th year in a row at the historic Boston Marathon now a virtual event. The team will be training and running together to support the Club - embraced by friends, family, and community - kindhearted warriors all. Learn More
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My friends in the Boston Bulldogs Running Club have been with me over the past several years as I've celebrated great milestones, and survived some significant challenges. The Bulldogs provide a model of activity-based community support which is different from anything else I've experienced in recovery, and enriches my life in many ways. Ever since I started running with the Bulldogs in 2016, I have admired our teammates who ran Boston - I can hardly believe my good fortune to be on the marathon team this year myself. I'm proud, honored and excited to wear a Bulldogs singlet, and look forward to showing it off as I run my very first 26.2 miles in the 2020 Boston Marathon, virtual edition!

I'm also incredibly fortunate in other ways: I've been in continuous recovery from substance use disorder since 1989. Addiction is a serious chronic illness, and not everybody survives, let alone thrives. The Journal of the American Medical Association notes that relapse rates for substance use disorders are 40-60%, comparable to hypertension (50-70%) and asthma (50-70%). And anecdotally, most of us in recovery know people who have tried many different ways to stay healthy, and nonetheless have relapsed. It is heartbreaking to watch people try to recover, and yet relapse. A chronic illness requires ongoing care. And in my opinion, we need to keep developing new and better models for addressing substance use disorder.

Our program in the Boston Bulldogs provides something special - a wellness model based on spiritual concepts of self-leadership, transparency, and giving back, which supports our physical, mental, and ethical development. Many of us get help in other ways as well; the Bulldogs model is quite compatible with virtually any other approach!

You can donate now with any major credit card by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right. I appreciate it so very much.

Thank you for supporting our community!

Alicia
Mazel tov on your 1st marathon, Jennifer! Love you, dear friend!
$20.00
Dru
So awesome you are doing this!!!!
$25.00
Albrik
Go Jennifer! Go Bulldogs!
$55.00
Anonymous
Thank you so much for doing this!!!!
$100.00
Ryan Cornelius
BAA Blue!!
$25.00
Anonymous $100.00
Gina W. $20.00
Anonymous $520.00
Anonymous
Jen King
Keep up the great work! Your dedication is inspiring.
$50.00
Emiliya Emilfarb $50.00
Sheila Cusack
You go, Jennifer!!! I'm cheering you on all the way! :) . Sheila
$35.00
Via venmo at Rhythms for Recovery $50.00
Cash contributions from Rhythms for Recovery $772.00
Jessica Moran
Raffle tickets!
$20.00
Abby
WOOHOOOOOOOO PINK HAIR
$25.00
Jessica Moran
I'm excited to rock the Bulldog Buff! Also, I vote Hot Pink for your hair color! <3
$150.00
Sergio
Billie Eilish neon green!
$15.00
Steve
I could never do this. You remain an inspiration.
$100.00
Jennifer Taves
You go girl! Blue hair please
$25.00
Jess Awotona
Yay! Have a great race!
$50.00
Tim Markell
Pink! Good luck!
$20.00
Shelley Bulldog
100 votes for orange
$100.00
Bella & Buggie
Woof!
$20.00
Anonymous $10.00
Emily Culver
Way to go!!! So excited for you on your first full marathon. Thank you for dedicating so much time to this very important need. ❤️
$30.00
john r. durand
go bulldogs! (& i hope to see you in a few weeks.)
$130.00
Phil and Nancy Primack
Anonymous
Good luck!
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Sydney RR
Good luck!
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Anonymous
Norm Ornstein
Good luck!
$100.00
Bill Smith $25.00
Anonymous
John Brownell
Don't forget the coffee!
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Will Diamond
So excited for you Jen! You are a true kind hearted warrior
$20.00
Amy Doyle
YOU GO, JENNIFER!!!!!
$50.00
Andy Jackson
You go girl!
Michelle Swanson
You are an inspiration to many, myself included.
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Anonymous
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Suzanne Dusch
Run it for me, my friend. I'll never do Boston myself, lol. I am so proud of you for outrunning your addiction one day at a time!
$100.00
Matt Weeks
We're all rooting for you! You've got this!
$20.00
Stephanie grace
You’ve got this! Go rock it!!
$50.00
Rachel Shwalb
Great club! I am so impressed that you can run this much. Exercise is an important part of recovery, in my book. Enjoy!
$25.00
Cass
Light the way, Jennifer!
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Valerie Hammond
congratulations!!
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August 11, 2020 12:34 PM

Greetings friends,

As you've probably seen in the news, the 2020 Boston Marathon has been cancelled, and replaced with a virtual event.

But recovery from addiction is not cancelled. In fact, the American Medical Association has issued a brief on the increasing number of drug overdoses and other related concerns during the coronavirus pandemic (https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2020-07/issue-brief-increases-in-opioid-related-overdose.pdf ). So the services provided by the Boston Bulldogs are no less important than ever.

We Bulldogs plan to run the virtual Boston Marathon on September 12, so my marathon training is not cancelled: Last Saturday I ran my first EVER twenty miler.

And my hair color change is not cancelled! Right now I'm rocking a bleached blonde, in anticipation of switching over to (probably) hot pink or Boston Athletic Association blue, so I will proudly run my 26.2 miles with whatever hair color you have selected for me, voting with your dollars.

If you can, please consider forwarding this email to friends or family who might be interested in supporting the Boston Bulldogs mission to help people recover from addiction (the link to my fundraising page is below). We're a small organization, so every single dollar makes a difference. And as always, thank you for your support!

Yours,
Jennifer
https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

March 13, 2020 10:15 AM

Hello my friends,

Many of us have been worried that the Boston Marathon would be cancelled, because of the precautionary measures surrounding COVID-19. I'm very happy to tell you that the race will be postponed to fall, instead! I've received email from the BAA letting me know that we'll be racing on Monday, September 14, 2020. Here's an article in the Boston Globe with a bit more info: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/13/nation/boston-marathon-2020-coronavirus/.

Honestly, this is very good news for me. Shifting the race gives me more time to rehab my cranky hip, and start a fresh training cycle in May. It means long hot runs early on July and August mornings, so I'll be stocking up on electrolyte drinks!

This also means more time for fundraising. More time for voting on my future hair color! So please, do share this email with a friend, and ask them to support the Boston Bulldogs in helping people recover from substance use disorder. 

https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

Yours,

Jennifer
jtvhoffman@gmail.com

March 2, 2020 2:50 PM

Any time you train for a race, there are uncertainties. What's the weather going to be like on race day? Will you be able to get in all your critical training runs, given your responsibilities at work and home? What if you slip and fall at the hotel pool right before the race and end up at the ER instead of the starting line? (That last one happened to a running coach I know, the night before the Berlin Marathon. She was devastated! But she lived to run another day.)

I've been thrown a couple curve balls in my marathon training, and we're still 49 days out! My left hip is giving me a bit of trouble, which I'm working to address with a team of experts (chiropractor, massage therapists, physical therapist -- all of whom have great expertise working with runners). Plus, a cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the race itself. The Tokyo Marathon this year was cancelled, due to the corona virus; will Boston follow suit? As of 2/29, the BAA has no plans to cancel, but we all know that could change depending on how the situation develops in the coming weeks. (The Boston Globe has an article on this: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/29/metro/running-community-virus-alert-boston-marathon-approaches/ .)

But whatever happens with the Boston Marathon, and with my wonky hip, the work of the Boston Bulldogs continues full speed. So my fundraising does as well! I have a couple new promises to make you:

  • If my hip doesn't allow me to run in April, my hair color pledge still stands! I will cheer for my teammates from Mile 23, with whatever gorgeous hair color you all have determined for me. And I will pick another marathon to fulfill my pledge to run 26.2 miles.
  • If the Boston Marathon is cancelled, I'll pick another way to run my 26.2 miles, scheduled according to how my hip is doing. Maybe I'll run it in loops around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, where the Bulldogs hold our group runs! Or hopefully somewhere more interesting, with a medal waiting for me at the end. 

I know that, whatever happens with the marathon and my hip, the Bulldogs have my back. We continue our important work together to support people recovering from addiction. As always, please share my fundraising link with others who may be interested:

https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

February 19, 2020 1:32 PM

Quick update . . . an improved chart, with a more accurate ranking for Blonde votes! As always, feel free to drop me a note with your vote if you already contributed to my fundraiser, but didn't yet specify a hair color.

Hot pink $365
BAA Blue $245
Lavender $185
Bleached blonde $120
Orange $100
Bronze $70
Billie Eilish neon green $63
2020 Boston Marathon Red $60
BAA Yellow $50
Jet black $40

Fundraiser link: https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

Thanks,
Jennifer
jtvhoffman@gmail.com

February 13, 2020 10:21 AM

The party last night at Marathon Sports was a great success! Many thanks to Will Diamond for curating an excellent evening of music and community. We raised $872!

And of course, this resulted in some major updates for the hair color competition, both in terms of the current leaders and some refinement in the names, based on donors' input. Wouldn't it be interesting if we ended up with a tie between BAA Blue and BAA Yellow, so I'd need to do a little BAA-themed two-tone hair dye? Or the 2020 Boston Marathon Red, to match the celebration jackets? But for the moment, Hot Pink is the frontrunner by a relatively wide margin. Let's see what the next 6 weeks bring in . . .

Hot Pink $365
BAA Blue $245
Lavender $185
Orange $100
Blonde $100
Bronze $70
Billie Eilish neon green $63
2020 Boston Marathon Red $60
BAA Yellow $50
Jet black $40
Bleached blonde $20

And as always, my fundraising link, for you to pass along to others who may want to support the Boston Bulldogs in our work to help people recover from drug addiction and alcoholism: 
https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

February 10, 2020 8:43 AM

Monday morning update! Here's the current hair color tally:

Bright electric blue $125
Bronze $50
Lavender $25
Pink $138
Orange $100

Now, if you voted for "blue," but didn't want it counted as part of "Bright electric blue," drop me a note at jtvhoffman@gmail.com. Or if you donated before the hair color contest started, you can drop me a note at that same address to let me know which color you want your dollars to vote for. Other than that though, votes cannot be changed!

Please spread the word about this fundraiser among our many shared communities! Lobby your friends to vote for your favorite color! For example, if you're from Team Blue, maybe you want to convince a friend to donate $14, to overcome Team Pink? And remember, every dollar goes to supporting the Boston Bulldogs as we help people who are affected by addiction. I'll cover all the hair care costs myself, no matter how complicated this might get (what if we end up with a four-way tie??)!

https://www.grouprev.com/BostonBulldogs2020MarathonTeam-JTVH

February 6, 2020 11:43 AM

Hello my friends,

What color would you like to see me dye my hair? Pink, blue, or maybe back to my platinum bleached blonde? Or should it stay my natural color, ash blonde with a ton of silvery grey? You get to decide!

Between now and April 2, every dollar donated towards my fundraiser for the Boston Bulldogs can be a vote for my future hair color. Here are the rules:

  • When you make a contribution through my fundraising page, use the "optional message" field to tell me what color you'd like me to dye my hair (or not)
  • I will keep a running tally of the colors people have voted, and periodically post Updates on my fundraising page showing the dollars per color
  • Whatever color is winning on 12:01am on April 2 is the color my hair will be when I run the Boston Marathon! And if it's a tie . . . I'll have multi-colored hair!

I'm posting this announcement here on my fundraising page first, so that if you've already made a contribution, you can vote based on those dollars! Just send me an email at jtvhoffman@gmail.com , and I'll make a note of it for my tally. And consider this: By being among the first to vote for a color, you get to help set the options that others will see when they're deciding on a color to vote for (ie, maybe nobody would think of Chartreuse on their own . . . but if YOU put it on the table, people might get behind it).

So please send me an email with your color vote, and consider whether you might want to donate extra, to bump it up higher! Or maybe you want to rally your friends around this; if you can get 20 friends to each give $10 towards your color choice, that can really make a difference -- both in your fashion influence, and in your support for the Boston Bulldogs. Because remember, every single dollar of this goes to helping people recover from the effects of addiction.

Yours,

Jennifer

jtvhoffman@gmail.com

January 30, 2020 2:46 PM

Hello my friends! Training is going well, and the Boston Marathon is less than 3 months away!

On February 12, at 7:30pm, Will Diamond and I are hosting the Rhythms for Recovery party at Marathon Sports, Brookline. For detailed info, including a list of performers, please visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/803265503473524/

We hope to see you there!

January 12, 2020 7:28 PM

Many thanks to everybody who has contributed so far! I have a long way to go towards my goal, and appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about my fundraiser, and the Boston Bulldogs in general. 

Here's a video Runners World made about the Bulldogs not too long ago, which is a good introduction:

https://youtu.be/N09-nN9vZEI

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