(Image courtesy Tracy Elizabeth Smith)
One Boston Latin Academy Dragon will be donning running shoes for the 116th Boston Marathon to raise money for the school.
Angela Gentile, a ninth-grade English teacher at the academy, will run all 26.2 miles of the landmark race to help raise funds for afterschool activities at the academy.
“It’s definitely something I’ve had on the bucket list,” said Gentile. “And then I thought ‘how awesome and wild would it be if I ran it for charity?’ If I’m going to put my body through such agony than I wanted it to be for something I care about.”
The marathon can be a challenge for most runners, especially for a first-timer like Gentile.
“I started training in December so it’s not like I was out of shape, but the most I use to run was like 10 miles,” said Gentile. “It takes a lot of motivation to pull myself off the couch, but I know there’s a whole community that’s proud of me.”
Even with the long runs and hours of training, Gentile said she made the right choice running for the school and added that with all the support she won’t have a problem making it to the finish line.
“I would love to finish less than four hours,” said Gentile. “But at this point I would love to just finish.”
But luckily for Gentile, she has any army of supporters who will be camping out at Kenmore Square to cheer on one of their favorite teachers.
“I love my kids and they humor me and I learn so much from them,” said Gentile. “We are all one big family and that’s what makes it so fun. I’m proud of them and if it wasn't for their support it would be a lot harder. I think this experience made me aware that they are not just my students but my family.”
Gentile set a $5,000 fundraising goal and as of last week reached that goal. The Boston Rising Team has also gotten on board with Gentile’s enthusiasm and has pledge to match the money she raises.
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