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 Massage Therapy Foundation is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised over $13.1M for their causes. Since 2013 the Massage Therapy Foundation has been grateful for the opportunity to bring more awareness to the benefits of massage through participation in this program. 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 and honored to announce that Massage Therapy Foundation Team MTF—Running for Research has been invited to run in the 124th Boston Marathon. UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 124th running of the Boston Marathon will be rescheduled to September 14, 2020 (postponed from original date of April 20, 2020). Click here to check out the latest updates from Boston Athletic Association.
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the Premier Sponsor of Team MTF—Running for Research for an eighth consecutive year. Our four runners have been chosen and have begun training. The 2020 #RunningForResearch team members are:
- Shari Aldrich (Tumwater, WA)
- Kelly Cartus (Williamsville, NY)
- Monika Hill (Phoenixville, PA)
- Oliver Layco (Sacramento, CA)
“Self-care is absolutely critical and is at the heart of my training and recovery regimens. Massage therapy is a big part of my routine, along with physical therapy and a wholesome diet. Training for long distances is a difficult endeavor; and massage therapy helps me prepare, recover, and reset physically and mentally. It also helps me get the good night’s sleep that I need to give it myall.”
-Desi Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champion and two-time Olympian
Team MTF—Running for Research Champions by Year
2019 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: $66,163
2018 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: $64,789
2014 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: Raised $60,510
Kathy Laskye (CO)
Kristen Lutz (MA)
Karen Moers (FL)
The 2013 Team also got the chance to run in the 2014 race due to the tragedy in 2013.
Please direct any marathon-related questions to Marla Gamze at firstname.lastname@example.org