The Massage Therapy Foundation Team MTF—Running for Research is honored to receive four charity bibs to run in the 126th Boston Marathon, taking place April 18, 2022. Since 2013, Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has been grateful to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program in order to fundraise for Team MTF— #RunningForResearch.
Your donation helps cheer along our athletes on their road to Boston while supporting MTF research, education, and community service programs vital to the MT profession!
Seeking One More Runner: Apply Now!
Have you dreamed about running the world’s most spectacular marathon? Dreamed of the rich history, enthusiastic locals, awesome spectators, and most of all the ability to say, “When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2022…” Come to Boston, run 26.2! No need to have a qualifying time, just a passion to raise money for massage therapy research and then revel in your accomplishments.
Simply fill in this application, pay a $25 application fee, and tell us about how you’d love to run for charity, run for research, and/or run for fun. If chosen by the MTF Marathon Selection Committee, you can run Boston in 2022!
Due to a COVID-restrictive year our minimums are lower for only the 2022 race—see application for details. All pages of this application must be completed and returned to MTF by mail or email. Deadline has been extended until the team is full; please check website/social media pages and/or contact MTF for updates.
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
2021 Team MTF—Running for Research
Total donations raised: $52,486
2020 Team MTF—Running for Research*
Total donations raised: $35,549
Shari Aldrich (WA)
Kelly Cartus (NY)
Oliver Layco (CA)
Monika Hill, (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