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Team MR8 to Run Boston for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation

Posted by Chrissy Horan  January 6, 2014 10:14 PM

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I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this afternoon while waiting in very long line when I read this Tweet from @mreils

I googled Team MR8 and read a few articles. I felt goosebumps as I read that the Richard family has established the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation to invest in education, athletics and community to support his now famous message “No more hurting people – Peace.”

The first initiative of the foundation will be to recruit a team to run the Boston Marathon, Team MR8, named for Martin’s initials and his favorite number and age. Applications are being accepted until January 17th. Runners will be notified by January 27th is they are selected for the team.

The Martin family announced the launch of the foundation and marathon team in a blog post Monday.

The foundation is asking applicants to commit to raise $7500 for the organization. While this is much steeper than the BAA requirement of $4000, I actually do not think that they will have any trouble finding interested runners. If my experience with the Run to End Alzheimer’s is any indication, there are many runners who are capable of raising $7500 and definitely interested in running the marathon. The Alzheimer’s Association turned down many quality applicants, simply because there were so many of them and limited numbers to give out. Neither the website or application for Team MR8 specifies how many numbers they will be giving out.

Last week, the Boston Athletic Association also announced they made 50 marathon numbers available to the One Fund Boston. Applications for this team are due Tuesday January 7th at 5pm. The fundraising commitment is $8000 and the team will be supported by local running store, Marathon Sports.

The Boston Marathon has long been known for its qualifying times and competitive runners. This year, it seems the charity runners will be getting quite a bit (of well earned) attention. In case there was any doubt, the Boston Marathon will be a different race this year.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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