The Massage Therapy Foundation Team MTF—Running for Research is honored to receive four charity bibs to run in the 125th Boston Marathon, which took 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 ran in the rescheduled marathon. See photos from race day below!
UPDATE 10-21-2021: We are so grateful! Thanks to our generous Marathon donors, Team MTF has exceeding their 2021 fundraising goal!
Our thanks to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for being the Premier Sponsor of MTF’s 2021 #RunningforResearch Team.
Our thanks to Elements Massage for their Supporter Sponsorship of MTF’s 2021 #RunningforResearch Team.
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
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 email@example.com