The Tufts Marathon Team (TMT), in collaboration with John Hancock, offers the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon while raising critical funds to benefit childhood obesity, cancer, hunger/famine, and healthy aging to name a few.
Since first taking part in the Marathon in 2003, TMT has raised more than $6 million to support these crucial issues in food and nutrition. Here are a few of our Friedman-affiliated runners, in their own words.
MS Nutrition Epidemiology Doctoral Candidate, Nutrition Epidemiology & Data Sciences, May 2022
This year, I have the privilege of running in the 125th Boston Marathon.
This has been my dream since November of 2016 when I endured a traumatic brain injury that damaged my left frontal lobe and the C1-C3 spinal nerves within my occipital lobe. I spent the next year in intensive physical, cognitive, and vestibular therapies to relearn how to read, balance, walk, and study. It took 2 years before returning to treadmill running and 3 years before running outdoors.
I humbly ask for your support by donating to the Tufts University Friedman School. Our school tackles the most pressing nutrition and age-related health issues our world faces today. In fact, it was research performed by our school that helped me design healthy meals to optimize brain fitness and inform supplement usage to improve brain re-stimulation.
This year, I run to inspire others with traumatic brain injuries that they can compete at the highest levels and illustrate the power of nutritional medicine for overcoming physical, emotional, and psychological challenges. Brain injuries need not define our lives; while we may not return to who we once were, we can become what we never could have imagined.
To donate, please see my page. Thank you for your support!
MS Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs, 2021
There is no exact moment when running the Boston Marathon became a dream of mine.
Rather, it bubbled to the surface following years of running Cross Country in HS, training for half marathons after college, exploring new cities by foot, and volunteering at the marathon for six years. Childhood Obesity 180 is near and dear to my heart as it spawned Shape Up Somerville, an office working on building healthy and equitable communities where I began my career as a food systems planner. I am beyond grateful to the university for the opportunity to run this race--I'll see you out on the course!