Two Days until Marathon Monday!

We are TWO DAYS away from the 125th Boston Marathon! Below are messages from two grateful patients.

Katharine Francis: Huge shout out of thanks to my Stepping Strong Marathon Teammates from the Francis family! Because of Stepping Strong, our family was offered HOPE where others saw only loss after a devastating car accident threatened our son’s life and limb. Christopher was among the first to receive an innovative amputation surgery that restores important neuro-muscular interfaces to help amputees remain active and step stronger, thanks to funds raised through Stepping Strong! Initiatives like this are making a big difference in the lives of families like ours. Thank you!

Tammy Jerome: What defines you as a runner is not always how far or fast you go. What defines you may actually be what MOTIVATES you to push forward despite all your adversities each day and run anyway. THANK YOU for pushing forward and running for Stepping Strong. Your commitment has enabled patients like myself, a Ewing amputee, the opportunity for a more active life that I did not think would ever be possible; including the opportunity to have run again. Best of luck Monday!! I am so grateful to all of you! ❤️

As we head into the final 48 hours, please keep in mind the following:

Virtual Pre-Race Celebration

The virtual team pre-race celebration is tomorrow, October 10, 4-5pm EST. Get excited to hear pre-run inspiration that will carry you across the finish line, final updates, and of course take a team photo!

Stepping Strong Team Bag Check (Reminder: Only the B.A.A. gear check bag is allowed)

  • Sunday, October 10
  • 575 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
  • 11am – 2pm EST

*Bring your singlet to decorate it in advance of race day with your name!

Stepping Strong Team Bag Pickup – RUNNERS ONLY

Grab your gear and a goodie bag, change your clothes, and snap a photo before reuniting with family and friends!           

  • Monday, October 11
  • 575 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
  • 12pm – 7pm EST


  1. COVID-19: If you haven’t yet, you MUST schedule a vaccine verification or COVID-19 test administered by the B.A.A. You will receive a bracelet upon successful verification, which must be worn at all times to access bib pick-up, participant transportation on race day, and start line area. If you need the email resent to you, please alert us ASAP.
  2. Expo: You must pick up your own bib number. Wear your B.A.A. bracelet, bring your photo ID and have your digital number pick-up pass easily accessible (sent via email from the B.A.A.). The expo is open to the public, please click here to read more.
  3. Race Morning: Remember your participant bracelet, bib and mask! Plan on boarding the B.A.A. buses based off your assigned group. Remember: you CANNOT board an earlier bus, but you CAN board a later bus with your friends if you want!  
  4. Hopkinton: The B.A.A. buses will drop you off .7 miles from the start. You may use the facilities, grab water, and stretch prior to walking to the start line.  If you are getting a ride to Hopkinton, you must be dropped off at 52 South St. and take the shuttle to the start. Our photographer will be outside of Pan Thai restaurant (right before the start), so smile big!
  5. Post-race: Head over to 575 Boylston Street to change and pick up your bag! Runners only!

Special Message from Donna Woonteiler – Stepping Strong Center Communications Director

Donna is excited to share a few inspiring words with the team today.

Fundraising Challenges

Don’t forget that during the Final Countdown, all runners who receive one gift of ANY amount, will be entered into a chance drawing to win some Stepping Strong swag! We’ll be picking 5 winners who will be announced on 10/13!

The teammate who raises the MOST money and the teammate who receives the MOST donations during The Final Countdown (Oct.6 – Oct. 11) will receive an autographed Jason Tatum Celtics jersey OR an autographed Celtics team basketball! The teammate who raises the most money gets to pick the autographed item they want.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa