Boston Marathon

The Massage Therapy Foundation Team MTF—Running for Research is honored to receive four charity bibs to run in the 125th Boston Marathon, taking place October 11, 2021. This race was slated for an original date of April 20, 2020 but cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of our four runners who trained and fundraised in the cancelled event will run in the rescheduled marathon. 

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About the Program

The Boston Marathon ® is the world’s oldest annual marathon; 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 1,000 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


“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 my all.”

-Desi Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champion and two-time Olympian


Team MTF—Running for Research Champions by Year

2020 Team MTF—Running for Research*
Total donations raised: $35,549

Shari Aldrich (Tumwater, WA)
Kelly Cartus (Williamsville, NY)
Oliver Layco (Sacramento, CA)
Monika Hill, (Phoenixville, PA)

*The Massage Therapy Foundation Team MTF—Running for Research was honored to receive four charity bibs to run in the 124th Boston Marathon, slated for an original date of April 20, 2020.

Four Team MTF runners were selected and began training and fundraising. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Boston Marathon was initially postponed and then ultimately cancelled. Our 2020 team collectively raised $35,549 of their $50,100 goal before the cancellation of the 2020 Boston Marathon. Our deep thanks go to our generous donors, whose contributions will still continue to support MTF’s research, education, and community service initiatives.

 

2019 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: $66,163

Rocky Chen (OK)
Joyce Prahasky (FL)
Kim Nimmo (WY)
John Cassinerio (WA)

 

 

 

 

2018 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: $64,789

Shadonne Harris (MD)
Desiree Bourgois van Oosting (ND)
Teresa Matthews (FL)
Lindsay Bodkin (NY)

 

 

 

 


2017 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: Raised $61,190

Vincent Dufort (NH)
Christine Bailor – Goodlander (NY)
Jodi Newman (CO)
Collette Wilson (KY)

 

2016 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: Raised $45,833

David Otto (NV)
Nicole Bucar (OH)
Marcy Cook (NC)

 

 

 

2015 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: Raised $43,200

Nathan Nordstrom (WA)
Angie Parris-Raney (CO)
John Combe (OR)

 

 

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.

 

2013 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: Raised $51,295

Kathy Borsuk (NJ)
Tom Heidenberger (WI)
Les Sweeney (CO)

 

 

Please direct any marathon-related questions to Marla Gamze at mgamze@massagetherapyfoundation.org