Boston Bulldogs 2020 Marathon Team: Jennifer Teig von Hoffman

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!

Special treats for contributors: 

  • You can help choose my next hair color! Leave your suggestion for my new hair color in the "optional message" when you make a donation. The color with the most votes by 12:01am on April 2 wins! I'll dye my hair that color in time for the Marathon. See the "Updates" section of my fundraising pages for a current tally.
  • While supplies last, everyone contributing $150 or more will receive a thank you gift: An original multifunction Buff, custom designed with the Boston Bulldogs logo! Only 25 of these have been made, so act quickly!

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!
$10.00
Sydney RR
Good luck!
$15.00
Anonymous
Norm Ornstein
Good luck!
$100.00
Bill Smith $25.00
Anonymous
John Brownell
Don't forget the coffee!
$20.00
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.
$25.00
Anonymous
Anonymous
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!
$25.00
Valerie Hammond
congratulations!!
$25.00

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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