One day until virtual Marathon and Four Days until Marathon Monday!

The Final Countdown

We are one day away from the virtual race start and four days away from the 125th Boston Marathon! Here are four reasons why we are so inspired by this incredible team 😊

  1. Your commitment and training to run 26.2 miles is remarkable
  2. You have gone above and beyond in your fundraising efforts for the Stepping Strong Center
  3. Your smiles throughout the season make us smile
  4. This team is UNSTOPPABLE!

Special Message from Eric Goralnick, MD, MS – Stepping Strong Center Civilian-Military Advisor

Dr. Goralnick is excited to share a few inspiring words with the team today (…so excited he taped it a few weeks ago!).

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

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

Two Days until the Virtual Boston Marathon and Five Days until Marathon Monday!

Raise your hand if you’re excited because WE ARE!!

The Final Countdown

It’s the final countdown for our teammates! Here are five songs to add to your Marathon playlist:

  1. Ready to Run by The Chicks recommended by Audrey Reny
  2. Butter by BTS recommended by Ali
  3. I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphy’s recommended by Alexa
  4. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey recommended by Caroline
  5. Blue Sky by The Allman Brother recommended by Steven Reny

Fundraising Challenges

Don’t forget that the Final Countdown starts today! 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 between 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.

Special Message from Natalie Artzi, PhD – Stepping Strong Center Scientific Advisor

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

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

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

P.S. Please review the meeting PowerPoint to help you prepare for race day! If you would like to schedule time with us to review anything, we would be happy to!

One week until Marathon Monday!

We are only ONE WEEK from the 125th In-Person Boston Marathon! Congratulations to the entire Stepping Strong team for raising over $770K!

Vaccine Verification / COVID Testing

Last week, all registered participants for the in-person 125th Boston Marathon received an email with instructions for scheduling a time to provide proof of vaccination OR scheduling a time for a COVID-19 test. Do NOT forget to schedule your vaccination verification / COVID test – this is mandatory for all runners. Bib pick-up will not be permitted without proof of a complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test and the fastest path to pick up numbers for the 125th Boston Marathon is being fully vaccinated.

Participants who have completed a full series of a WHO-certified COVID-19 vaccination can schedule a time to visit the B.A.A. Vaccine Verification tent in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets).An original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy, or photo of the participant’s vaccination proof is acceptable.

Participants who have not completed a full series of a WHO-certified vaccination can schedule a COVID-19 test in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets). All participants who are tested for COVID-19 will be required to wait approximately 30 minutes for confirmation of their test results.

Important Reminder

In registering for the 125th Boston Marathon, all participants agreed to the B.A.A.’s participant waiver and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. All participants must be prepared to isolate in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ guidance and assume all associated fees, including medical expenses and fees associated with isolating and travel in the event of testing positive for COVID-19. All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to get tested in advance of traveling to Boston and must have a plan for isolation in the event of a positive COVID-19 test.

The Final Countdown & Fundraising Challenges

It’s the final countdown to the 125th Boston Marathon! From October 6-10, make sure to check your email and the portal every day for fun and inspiring messages that will be sure to help you cross the finish line on October 11.

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 between 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.

Virtual Pre-Race Celebration

The virtual team pre-race celebration is on Sunday, October 10, the eve of the 2021 Boston Marathon from 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 before the big day!

  • Zoom: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87454594746?pwd=TzZnbFJaQ0pSSC9OVDd0L1RXekU0dz09
  • Meeting ID: 874 5459 4746
  • Passcode: 407503

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

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

One week until our virtual teammates take off!

In ONE WEEK, 18 members of our team will begin their personal 26.2-mile journeys from around the United States and Canada, virtually! We want to take a moment and say we are SO proud of you!

Cherie Aviv
Julia Becker-Collins
Christine Clinton
Jennifer Davis
Jim Davis
Susan deQuintal
Nicholas Fordham
Katharine Francis
Kate Hanus  
Meghan Jerome
Barlow Keener
Andrew Lathrop
Emily Logan
Michael O’Callaghan
Kim Rosen
William Scharer
Katie Treadwell
Christine Walsh  

Vaccine Verification / COVID Testing

By now, all registered participants for the in-person 125th Boston Marathon should have received an email with instructions for scheduling a time to provide proof of vaccination OR scheduling a time for a COVID-19 test. Do NOT forget to schedule your vaccination verification / COVID test – this is mandatory for all runners. Bib pick-up will not be permitted without proof of a complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test and the fastest path to pick up numbers for the 125th Boston Marathon is being fully vaccinated.

Participants who have completed a full series of a WHO-certified COVID-19 vaccination can schedule a time to visit the B.A.A. Vaccine Verification tent in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets).An original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy, or photo of the participant’s vaccination proof is acceptable.

Participants who have not completed a full series of a WHO-certified vaccination can schedule a COVID-19 test in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets). All participants who are tested for COVID-19 will be required to wait approximately 30 minutes for confirmation of their test results.

Important Reminder

In registering for the 125th Boston Marathon, all participants agreed to the B.A.A.’s participant waiver and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. All participants must be prepared to isolate in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ guidance and assume all associated fees, including medical expenses and fees associated with isolating and travel in the event of testing positive for COVID-19. All participants and spectators are strongly encouraged to get tested in advance of traveling to Boston and must have a plan for isolation in the event of a positive COVID-19 test.

Marathon Madness

Congratulations to our September Marathon Madness winners! Jackie H. raised the most money and Lisa F. & Jillian N. received the most donations. You have some swag heading your way!

Marathon Madness CHAMPIONS

BRAVO to our Marathon Madness Champions! Jon C. raised the most during our marathon madness fundraising challenge and Emma S. received the most donations. You both have an official Boston Marathon jacket heading your way!

Team Meeting PowerPoint

Please review the meeting PowerPoint to help you prepare for race day! We understand there is a TON of information, so if you would like to schedule time with us to review anything, we would be happy to!

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

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

Join Us for the Virtual Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon Team Pre-Race Celebration

On behalf of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, it is our pleasure to invite you and your friends and family to our virtual team pre-race celebration on Sunday, October 10, the eve of the 2021 Boston Marathon from 4-5pm EST. You will hear pre-run inspiration that will carry you across the finish line, final updates, and of course take a team photo before the big day!

Virtual Pre-Race Information

  • Zoom: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87454594746?pwd=TzZnbFJaQ0pSSC9OVDd0L1RXekU0dz09
  • Meeting ID: 874 5459 4746
  • Passcode: 407503

RSVP NOW

Even if you don’t plan to attend the pre-race celebration, please complete the RSVP form so we can ensure marathon activities run smoothly.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa, Caroline and the Reny’s