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Starr runs the Boston Marathon

$1,930 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 11 months
2018 is shaping up to be an amazing year, I am turning 50 years old just as I am closing in a goal to run in all six of the World Major Marathons.  I have completed Chicago, Berlin and New York and will complete Tokyo early this year leaving only Boston and London to reach my ultimate goal.

As many of you know, Boston Marathon is not only the oldest and most prestigious marathons it is also one of the hardest marathons to qualify for. 

I just don’t have the speed to qualify.  The people with the Boston Marathon offer bibs to local charitable organizations to assist them with fundraising.  

One of these groups is the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and I am proud to be partnering with them to secure this elusive bib for this amazing race. Fundraising goal is $5500.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts has a wonderful history dating back to 1996 and when 5 local artists petitioned the Town of Hopkinton to lease them a farmhouse on just over an acre of land. 

22 years later Hopkinton Center for the Arts, an official 501 (c)(3) organization, has a resident theater company in house, Enter Stage Left Theater, and art galleries showcasing a variety of exhibits, including solo artist and educational and community projects.

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers classes for youth, teens, and adults in the visual and performing arts. Every year hundreds of students enjoy classes in fine art, dance, music, theater, filmmaking, photography, acting, and ceramics.

I truly believe in what the Hopkinton Center for the Arts is doing for the community and I am asking for your support to reach my fundraising goal for this wonderful group. 

Your generous donations will support their great work.
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A little late with the update. Ran Boston Marathon on 4/16 and the London Marathon on 4/22.

The Boston marathon was a challenge with weather. Temps in high 30s, 30+MPH headwinds and rain entire course.

I could not have done it without my friends support - both in fundraising and friendship. I had the awesome shirt designed with my “galaxy of support”, and honestly, with all of you on my back, you pushed me to the finish line. I am so grateful.

The Hopkinton Center for Arts turned out to be the perfect charity for me to partner with. The facility is welcoming and practical- went with two friends the day before race and we were all impressed. Was there (out of elements) with another friend prior to race, and so great to get tour by director Kelly and appreciate it more.

For the race, lots of rain, wet everything and cold. I had rain slicker and beautiful trash bag skirt secured by binder clips. It held up, and I was still wet and cold. Grateful for group of us who danced in puddles going to start because we set our terms on when shoes got wet (it was matter of minutes). First 5k went well- helped two people up who fell within first mile and I didn’t get caught up in crowd adrenaline (although I was hyped). Then came Mile 9. I started to get chills. Stopped in a pub restroom and changed socks (with soaked shoes and clothes, did nothing). Then at mile 10, I got case of chills and went to medical tent. I called a friend in tears debating DNF (did not finish). The head of med tent was trying to get me on department of corrections bus back to finish line (insert your joke here). We talked and I wasn’t ready to quit - so new strategy was go from medical tent to medical tent to warm up. And yes, I remember stopping in 8 during race... B.A.A. says I did 11 med tent stops.

So moving to mile 15- Mark was there. He was in his work boots, jeans and my dollar store umbrella. He decided to hang with me on course. We make the turn at Newton fire station to hills at mile 16. I’m assuming he is catching train to see me somewhere else. He stays with me. A friendly group gives us beer and water around mile 18 (because of my stops, most aid stations were already closed). Next thing I know, we are on heartbreak hill at mile 20. In my opinion, heartbreak hill was easy compared to day. There was medical tent half way up hill and top of hill- and didn’t stop at either one!

Around mile 22, the road was reopened to traffic, and we were pushed to the sidewalk. Back on street around 24, where we saw the glorious Citgo sign (once you pass it, one mile left). We got to mile 26. It really was embarrassing how runners tossed their plastic coverings in the middle of the road to get good finish line pictures creating trip hazards for runners. Mark left course and ran to get pictures of me crossing finish line. And yes, tears of joy when crossing (or was it rain on face).

I am so honored to have completed 122nd Boston Marathon. So many people and organizations contributed to my success. THANK YOU. You all are the reason why I accomplished this!!!!
shirt that pushed me
shirt back
back of shirt
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What an awesome movie fundraising night. $487 was raised. Thanks so much for all who attended. Thanks to Mark for opening his home. Thanks to Shari for shopping.
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