Six readers have been chosen to receive Polar training computers and other gear, and they'll be blogging about their experiences here in our Marathon Blog. The posts will begin next week and continue through marathon week.
The bloggers/testers who have been chosen to give us a glimpse into their training are:
Chrissy Horan, Watertown, Mass.
This will be Chrissy's seventh Boston Marathon and her fifth running for the Alzheimer's Association, for whom she has raised more than $25,000. She writes a blog, Chrissy Runs Again and loves counting, tracking and analyzing her training.
Chris Garges, Bethlehem, Pa.
A self-proclaimed "gear geek," Chris is an engineer who has a passion for interpreting data. This will be his ninth Boston Marathon after qualifying with a 2:59:51 time at the Mad Marathon in Stowe, Vt. Chris says he loves social media and blogs at Motiv-8.
Stephen Pecevich, Quincy, Mass.
Stephen is a devoted and passionate father who made a promise to his daughter, Sydni, a spastic quadriplegic, when she was four months old, that he would be her legs until he can no longer run. Now training for his 16th marathon in her honor, Stephen's moving story is eight years in the making and benefits the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.
Katie Schroth, Westford, Mass.
An electrical engineer by day, Katie is the mother of two girls who loves technology and playing with electronic gadgets for a living. You can find her running endeavors on her blog, Experimental Runner. She qualified for Boston at the Bay State Marathon in Lowell, Mass. with a time of 3:11:54.
Allyson Manchester, Brighton, Mass.
A writing teacher at Boston College, Allyson brings her two passions together, running and writing, in her quest for 26.2 mile glory. She also produces visual and written content for Dunkin' Donuts and contributes to their blog, "Behind the Beans." Allyson is raising money for the Red Sox Foundation.
Jacqueline Palfy Klemond, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
After qualifying in 3:39:13 at the Twin Cities Marathon in October, this will be Jacqueline's first time running the Boston Marathon. She is a 38-year-old mother of two, a newspaper editor and columnist, and writes a blog called Jack and Viv. Jacqueline has overcome many injuries in the past, and trains in the bitter cold winters of South Dakota.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes