Boston Bulldogs 2020 Marathon Team

The Boston Bulldogs Running Club will be represented for the 5th year in a row at the historic Boston Marathon in April 2020. The team will be running to support the Club, training together to prepare for the race - embraced by a community of friends, fam 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 turn right on Hereford, then left on Boylston in the 2020 Boston Marathon!

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!

Bill Smith $25.00
John Brownell
Don't forget the coffee!
Will Diamond
So excited for you Jen! You are a true kind hearted warrior
Amy Doyle
Andy Jackson
You go girl!
Michelle Swanson
You are an inspiration to many, myself included.
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!
Matt Weeks
We're all rooting for you! You've got this!
Stephanie grace
You’ve got this! Go rock it!!
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!
Light the way, Jennifer!
Valerie Hammond

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:

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