Some runners have more of a reason to smile at Mile 25 than others. For those participating in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, the racers know that's where they can see their partners for the first time.
The Patient Partner Program teams up 45 runners with pediatric cancer patients at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Megan Bealieu of North Reading is the partner runner for Emma Ceres, who was stationed and ready to cheer at 10 a.m.
"We got here an hour and a half ago," said Ceres's mother, Jane Woods. "Soon, they [the Dana-Farber team] will occupy the whole bridge."
The fund-raising goal for this year is $4.8 million. All of the money raised goes to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The team has raised more than $52 million since it began collaborating with the Boston Marathon in 1990.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes