#GivingTuesday Reminders

A friendly reminder about an important event taking place TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 29, #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday takes place from 12am to 11:59pm EST on the 29th and is an excellent opportunity to raise funds for the Stepping Strong Center. As a reminder, TeamRaiser is our only fundraising platform to ensure you receive credit for all gifts made to support your run and we encourage runners to SHARE your individual TeamRaiser links via Facebook and other social media. Due to the new limitations of Facebook fundraising, as mentioned in our 11/22 portal post, please do not create a Facebook Fundraiser.

To sweeten #GivingTuesday for our runners, we have a challenge for you!

The teammate who raises the most money on #GivingTuesday via TeamRaiser, will receive a certificate for an overnight hotel stay at the Revere Hotel! Additionally, ALL teammates who raise $500+ will be entered into a chance drawing for Stepping Strong swag.

So runners…get ready…set…start fundraising at midnight!!

From start to finish,

Ali and Caroline

P.S. All runners who raise $3,000 by November 30 will receive a custom Stepping Strong baseball hat or tumbler for our first fundraising milestone!!

Has your address changed since you were accepted to the team?!

On behalf of all of us at the Brigham, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you have moved or changed addresses since you were accepted to the team OR your address is changing before 12/1, please let us know by emailing marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu ASAP!

We have a special gift that will be coming your way and want to make sure it is able to be delivered with no issues. GET EXCITED!

From start to finish,

Ali and Caroline

A Thanksgiving message from The Reny Family

Dear Stepping Strong Marathon Team,

It was so great to meet many of you and reconnect with our alumni runners at our first team meeting leading up to the 2023 Boston Marathon. For those of you from afar or who could not make it, we wanted to officially welcome you to our team! From our entire family, we look forward to connecting with you and helping you on your journey from Hopkinton to Boston. We are incredibly honored that you have chosen to run and support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation and the work we are doing to transform outcomes for trauma patients like our daughter, Gillian.

We could never have imagined that in nine years we would grow from just 14 marathon runners to 150+team members, opened a physical center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, funded 37 teams of physician-scientists, launched 3 educational fellowships to train the next generation of surgeons and care providers, launched an injury prevention program, and raised more than $25 million! It is truly amazing—and proves that hope and goodness can emerge from even the most awful tragedy. 

Running is often an individual sport, but now that you are part of the Stepping Strong team, we are all in this together! You are runners of all ages from across the country with incredible personal stories that brought you to our team, and we are so inspired by each of you. With your gritty determination, you have made this year’s Stepping Strong team one of our best yet. So, I encourage you to reach out to my husband Steven and me, and your other team members to take advantage of all the support and fun that our group offers. We are certain you will make some new lifelong friends as we share this memorable journey from now to the starting line in April.

As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, we just wanted to say how grateful we are for each of you. Thank you for choosing to have your marathon experience be aligned with The Stepping Strong Center. Your dedication to training, running, fundraising, and spreading awareness about our mission to transform trauma care means the world to me and my entire family. We wish you a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and laughter. With all your running, you get to enjoy the feast– guilt free!

With gratitude, xo

Audrey, Steven, Danielle, Kyle and Gillian

Marathon Team Updates #2

Our team has several things happening and we couldn’t be more excited to have the season underway! Make sure to read this email in its entirety and let us know if you have any questions.

Facebook Fundraising
At this time, Facebook fundraising is no longer allowed with the Brigham Stepping Strong Team due to new limitations that were just implemented. We are working with the appropriate teams to resolve it ASAP. We will keep the team posted on Facebook fundraising and in the meantime encourage everyone to post your personal TeamRaiser link via a Facebook post for donations.

If you created a Facebook fundraising already, please email marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu ASAP for next steps.

Sports Medicine Assistance
If you need an appointment, please click here to fill out our in-take form.

Hotel Room Chance Drawing
Congrats to our winners who were notified via email yesterday afternoon! For those of you still looking to book accommodations, click here to check out Marathon Tours list of hotels. Airbnb and Vrbo are great alternative options.

#GivingTuesday: 11/29

Giving Tuesday is an extraordinary opportunity for donors to support their favorite charities. If you plan to take advantage of this day, make sure to start the planning process by building a list of potential supporters – the donor tracking excel is a great tool from the portal! Think through how you will ask for their support (i.e., email, phone call, written letter, social media, or a combination), and populate their contact information into the spreadsheet.

As a reminder, the teammate who raises the most money on #GivingTuesday via TeamRaiser, will receive a certificate for an overnight hotel stay at the Revere Hotel! All runners who raise $500+ will be entered into a chance drawing for Stepping Strong swag.

  • When: November 29th from 12am until 11:59pm
  • Where: Your personal TeamRaiser page
  • Questions? Email marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu

Fundraising Tip of the Week

Customizing your fundraising page with YOUR story and a photo of you, makes your donors feel more connected! If a family member or friend shared your link with their people, wouldn’t you want their networks to know your WHY and support you!? If you need help with uploading a photo or suggestions, reach out to us!

Weekly Newsletter from Coach John

Make sure you are signed up to receive weekly email updates from Coach John, to keep you informed, educated and motivated for this season’s training. Click here to subscribe.

Exclusive Opportunity for Stepping Strong Swag

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase Stepping Strong swag! You have until 11/22 at 5pm to make your purchases in time for the holidays!

New Year’s Gathering

Mark your calendar for the team New Year’s gathering on 1/10/2023! Originally scheduled for 1/5, we will now be gathering on this new date with marathon runners new and old for good food and great conversation. RSVP here.

Brigham Running Team Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

In honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not be accessible from 5pm Wednesday, November 23 until 8am on Monday, November 28. Make sure to check out the runner portal for all of your needs and email marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu with any questions that will be answered on Monday.

On behalf of our team and the Brigham, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

From start to finish,

Ali and Caroline

First Team Meeting Recap!

It was great to see so many teammates in-person and virtually last night for the first team meeting…WHAT A TEAM! From near and afar, there were over 80 of us gathered together to kick off the season and we couldn’t be more excited!

Presentation PowerPoint

If you were unable to join us, or want a copy, click here to review the meeting PowerPoint. There is a plethora of information, and we really encourage you to spend the time going through, RSVPing where needed and making sure you are set up for success.

Five things to note:

  1. Save the Runner Portal (marathon.bwhevents.org) to your phone – directions are on slide 29 and this is your hub to all the information you need throughout the season!
  2. RSVP for ONE small team gathering with the Reny’s (first come, first served) – links are on slide 33
  3. If you are looking for a hotel room, you can be entered into a chance drawing for one of our limited rooms at the Revere Hotel on slide 34
  4. Mark your calendar for other meetings and events found on slide 35
  5. Make SURE to get your fundraising preparation started for #GivingTuesday and our team fundraising challenge! Details are on slide 48.

Email marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu if you have any questions or want to set up 1:1 time to connect.

From start to finish,

Ali and Caroline