Team MTF-Running for Research

Boston Marathon and the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program

The Boston Marathon ®  is the world’s oldest annual marathon and running it is a major “bucket list” item for serious distance runners throughout the world. The John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program provides a way for runners who might not otherwise qualify to run this marathon to participate. John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for over 30 years. Since 2012 the Massage Therapy Foundation has been grateful for the opportunity to participate in their charity program to bring more awareness to the benefits of massage. Fundraising for the Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.

We are excited to announce that we have been granted four invitational entries (bibs) for the 2018 Boston Marathon John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have participated in this exciting program. Team MTF – Running for Research will be running in the 121st Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018.

Have you dreamed about running the world’s most spectacular marathon?

Come to Boston, run your best 26.2 and celebrate Patriot’s Day. No need to have a qualifying time, just a need to raise money for massage therapy research and then revel in your accomplishments.

Submit your application by November 17, 2017. Please direct any questions to Marla Gamze at

2017 Team MTF – Running for Research – Raised $61,190

Christine Bailor – Goodlander
Vincent Dufort
Jodi Newman
Collette Wilson






2016 Team MTF – Running for Research – Raised $45,833
Nicole Bucar, Cleveland, Ohio
Marcy Cook, Raleigh, North Carolina
David Otto, Las Vegas, Nevada








2015 Team MTF – Running for Research – $43,200
John Combe, La Grande, Oregon
Nathan Nordstrom, Oaksdale, Washington
Angie Parris-Raney, Golden, Colorado








2014 Team MTF – Running for Research – $60,510
Kathy Laskye, Greater Denver Area, Colorado
Kristen Lutz, Boston, Massachusetts
Karen Moers, Jacksonville Beach, Florida







The 2013 Team also got the chance to run in the 2014 race due to the unfortunate happenings in 2013.

2013 Team MTF – Running for Research 
Kathy BorsuK, Hillsborough, New Jersey
Tom Heidenberger, Greater Milwaukee Area, Wisconsin
Les Sweeney, Greater Denver Area