• Boston Marathon 2017

    by  • February 16, 2017 • Local • 1 Comment

    In the 2016 Boston Marathon, Kerri Floramo decided that she would run in an effort to raise money for ALS research. She raised $7,000 with the help of her friends and coworkers. She is running the Marathon again this year, hoping to raise more money for the research, and will be running for the UMass Medical School Cellucci ALS Memorial Fund, whom she ran for last year.

    Kerri Floramo running during the Marathon. Photo submitted by Floramo.

    When asked about running the Marathon last year, Floramo had only good things to say. She stated that at Hopkinton, the starting point, “there is an electricity in the air, with all these strangers from all over the country and the world, with one common goal—to run the Boston Marathon.” 2016 was her first time running the Marathon, although she had been preparing by running half-marathons for five years before, and began training for the Boston Marathon after the bombings that took place in 2013. She said she felt fine up until around the halfway point when her feet began aching and her calves began cramping, however, she said “it is possible to just block it out because at a certain point the discomfort doesn't get any worse; it just persists.” After a short pit stop at the EMTs for a tablet to help with the cramping and some water, Floramo kept running. She told me that “there's three things you can't beat: an endurance runner, a strong woman, and a Bostonian, which [She is] all three of those things!”

    Kerri Floramo before the Marathon. Photo submitted by Floramo.

    Floramo decided to run for ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that weakens muscles and makes moving incredibly hard. When interviewed last year, she stated that she dedicated her run to ALS because of one of her son’s classmates who had ALS at St. John’s Prep School, Pete Frates. She knew she wanted to help raise as much money as possible to help enable more research towards ALS. She believes that “running 26.2 miles for those who can't is [her] privilege and [her] honor.”

    Like last year, she is fundraising again, and is hoping to raise more than last year. In order to donate to Floramo’s cause and to help UMass continuously study ALS, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/UMassMemorialBoston2017/fundraiser/kerrifloramo

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    This year is sophomore Alysha McDevitt’s first year in the Blue and Gold class. English teacher Sean Walsh had suggested that she joined because of her fondness of writing. This past summer McDevitt had travelled to New York City where she pursued her passion for photography in taking many pictures of the city. Along with photography she enjoys listening to music and reading. The Harry Potter series are both her favorite book and movies series. This year McDevitt is looking forward to her English class and what Blue and Gold has to offer.

    One Response to Boston Marathon 2017

    1. Barbara Childers
      February 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

      Wow, proud of you, Alysha! Love you. Keep up the good work!

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