This year, that motivating factor is a charity that has helped those she knows. The Scituate resident will run the marathon for Watertown-based Perkins School for the Blind, a school that provides education and services for the visually impaired.
Hitt is vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association of the solar energy industry. Her friend and colleague Steven Rothstein, who is president of Perkins, inspired her to run for Perkins. She also sees the good they do for her neighbor’s son and a family friend who utilize Perkins’ services.
The Perkins marathon team aims to raise $50,000, $6,000 of which Hitt has committed to raise herself. She held a fund-raiser party in March to help her reach that goal. She has raised about $5,400 with less than two weeks left before the race.
This will be her third Boston marathon, and her second running for charity. “Perkins is a great school,” she said. “And that’s what keeps me motivated.”