Monday, April 20th, 2020 will mark my fifth consecutive running of the Boston Marathon, a race that has given so much to me over the years, and one where I hope I can give back as well. My first time racing Boston in 2016 was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I have Jack Fultz, Mike Ferullo, and the Boston Bulldogs Running Club to thank for that. If you don’t know Jack, he is the winner of the 1976 Boston Marathon, but much more than that, he is an incredible human being who gives back so much to the running community. Both he, Mike, and the Bulldogs gave me, an 18 year old kid with a dream, the chance to run the most prestigious marathon in the world, and for that, I am forever grateful. After running those 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, I immediately fell in love. I told myself that every third Monday in April would be reserved on my calendar so I could return to those streets.
One of the most special parts of my relationship with the Boston Marathon is the connection it has for me to the Bulldogs. For those not familiar, we are a running club with a mission to provide an anonymous and safe community of support for all those adversely affected by addiction. This includes those in recovery, their families and friends, the clinical community, and the community at large. I’ve seen the suffering of far too many people who are close to me who have been impacted by addiction, but I’ve also seen the tremendous power of the Bulldogs in helping individuals receive the support they need to get back on their feet. Through compassion and community, the Bulldogs have changed countless lives for the better, and my main hope is that we as a club can continue to reach and support more people. As in years past, I will be raising money to support the programs the club offers, and if anyone feels inclined to donate, your contributions will be greatly appreciated. A little can go a long way. Also, if you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out… most importantly, know you are never alone and that countless people care.