#RunningForResearch 2020 Boston Marathon Team Selected

Posted:Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Massage Therapy Foundation Selects Running Team for 2020 Boston Marathon

(Evanston, Ill., November 26, 2019) The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) announces its 2020 Boston Marathon Team MTF—Running for Research team members: Shari Aldrich, Kelly Cartus, Monika Hill, and Oliver Layco.  This is the Foundation’s eighth consecutive year participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. The event will take place on April 20th, 2020.

Shari Aldrich, Tumwater, Wash., is a Washington State Licensed Massage Therapist. She is the owner of the Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage, Tumwater, Wash., where she is a  massage therapy educator. She has run three marathons to date.

Kelly Cartus, Williamsville, N.Y., is a New York State and Nationally Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist. She is certified in Sports Massage, SportStretch USA and a massage educator at New York Institute of Massage, Buffalo, N.Y..

Monika Hill, Phoenixville, Pa., is an athlete who has used massage therapy for 20 years to help maintain her body for endurance sports. She has run three standalone marathons and thirteen full marathons within Ironman triathlons.

Oliver Layco, Sacramento, Calif., is a Certified Massage Therapist in California and Neuromuscular Therapist with previous experience as an emergency medical technician. He has run ten marathons to date.

Team MTF – Running for Research will be raising money and creating awareness for the Massage Therapy Foundation. Over the past seven years this program has raised a total of $392,980 for the Foundation. Last year, the MTF Running for Research Team raised $66,163.

For 35 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Each year John Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the prestigious Boston Marathon to select nonprofits in order to raise money for their causes. Participants running on behalf of more than 200 non-profit organizations raised a total of $38.7 million for charity last year in the 123rd Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world for media coverage.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity supporting scientific research, education, and community service for the massage therapy profession. The Foundation founded and publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal and provideseducational resources for massage therapists, educators, and students. MTF is an independent organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, resources, training, and services.

For more information contact:
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director, 847.905.1520
gohlson@massagetherapyfoundation.org or
Marla Gamze, Communications and Development Manager, 847.905.1635