A message from Audrey and Steven Reny: Three month countdown + exciting announcement!

Dear Stepping Strong Marathon team, 

We are officially three months away from the 126th Boston Marathon! You must be getting excited and feeling confident and determined as your training mileage increases each week, we are so proud of you!

When we met at the first team meeting, Steven and I promised you that we would be there with you every step of the way through race day. Our team is filled with so many inspiring individuals and stories that brought you into our orbit and we couldn’t be more grateful. This year, while we will not physically be running 26.2 miles with you from Hopkinton to Boston, we are so pleased to announce that our family will be making a $100,000 donation to the 2022 Stepping Strong Marathon Team in honor of you and all of your incredible efforts to support trauma research and care! We are so grateful to each of you, not only for your commitment to running the race, but also to fundraising on behalf of the Stepping Strong Center.

There is so much important and impactful work being done at the Stepping Strong Center, and it is our honor to provide additional funding that will continue to propel the programs forward. We look forward to sharing more details about the center and individuals who benefit from its work at our virtual team meeting on Thursday, February 10 at 6pm EST.

Thank you once again for joining us on this mission and for being a voice of change for trauma survivors like our precious Gillian.

With heartfelt gratitude, 

Audrey, Steven, Danielle, Kyle and Gillian

Special delivery coming your way!

We were busy bees at the office today sending out special welcome gifts to all of you! Be on the lookout for a bright pink package from UPS that should arrive VERY soon! We hope you wear your new swag proudly!

Fundraising Check-In Calls start Friday

Our team is hosting fundraising check-in calls throughout the marathon season to support YOU! While not mandatory, these are a great chance to check-in with us and make sure you feel prepared for your marathon fundraising. Click here to sign up. Calls will continue bi-weekly through Friday, April 8.

Check out the runner portal

Don’t forget to check out the runner portal fundraising tab (http://marathon.bwhevents.org/fundraising/) for tons of fundraising tips and tricks and resources, including information about Facebook Fundraising, Matching Gifts, Donor Tracking, and much more.

First Team Fundraising Deadline: January 31

A friendly reminder that a minimum of $2,000 must be raised by Monday, January 31. If you have not raised $2,000 by end of day on January 31, the credit card we have on file will be charged for the incremental amount to meet the obligation per the runner contract. This charge will be applied to your TeamRaiser page and will not be refunded. If you are expecting a matching gift or a check, please email marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu ASAP.

If you have any questions, please contact marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

Hill runs start tonight & RSVP for a small team gathering!

Wednesday Hill Runs

Tonight at 6:30pm is the first hill training run of the season! Please meet at the bottom of the Beacon St. hill inside the Boston Common (corner of Charles St. and Beacon St.) where John Furey will be waiting to say hello, explain how the runs work and offer you guidance and support.

Weekly Newsletter from Team Coach John Furey

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

First Fundraising Milestone

All runners who raise $2,000+ by January 31 will get to pick their own Stepping Strong swag! Everyone should reach this milestone as January 31 is also our first fundraising deadline ($2,000).

Small Team Gatherings

Join the Reny family and get to know your fellow Marathon teammates! RSVP by clicking on the date you want to attend below. Please only RSVP for one of the following dates:

If you have any questions, please contact marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

Marathon Sports shopping week starts on Monday!

It was wonderful to see so many teammates at the first training run and on our first virtual team meeting last night! If you were unable to attend, click here to review the meeting PowerPoint and reach out to us with any questions.

First team training run!

Marathon Sports Shopping Week Starts Monday!

Are you in need of gear to get you up and running for your training? Our friends at Marathon Sports, located at 671 Boylston St., Boston, MA are hosting a week of discounted shopping for all Brigham Stepping Strong teammates. Stop by the store or call between Monday, January 10 to Sunday, January 16 and receive a 20% discount on merchandise (excluding electronics).

  • What: Exclusive 20% discount for Stepping Strong Teammates (excluding electronics)
  • When: January 10 – 16, 2022
  • Where: ONLY the Marathon Sports on Boylston St., Boston, MA (no other location)
  • How:
    • In-person: Head over to the store and mention you’re a teammate to secure your discount
    • Over the phone: Call (617) 267-4774 and mention that you are a member of our team and would like to order XYZ over the phone to secure your discount

When you shop in stores, our friends at Marathon Sports will give you tips and tricks for winter running gear and layering. If you can’t shop in person, check out their tips by clicking here!

If you have any questions, please contact marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

We can’t wait to see everyone tonight at 6pm EST!

We are THIS excited to virtually meet all of you tonight at 6pm for our Team Kick-Off Meeting! Also, a HUGE congratulations to the team for already raising over $226,500!!!

Date: Thursday, January 6

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Location: Zoom

RSVP NOW if you haven’t already!

If you have any questions, please contact marathonteam@bwh.harvard.edu.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa