With the 117th Boston Marathon just around the corner, one South Boston local is running to raise money for the Boston Scholar Athletes program.
Joseph Capellano, a 27-year-old senior facilitator with the academics and sports based non-profit, has been training hard in his native neighborhood preparing for the 26 mile race.
“I’m a big proponent of health and fitness,” said the former college and minor-league hockey player. “Since I stopped playing hockey, I’ve been looking for chances to challenge myself physically.”
Capellano will join runners from all over the country and the world as they tackle the course. Some aim just to finish, but Capellano also wants to raise $6,000 for the program.
“I attribute a lot of who I am to sports,” said Capellano, who ran the marathon for the first time last year. “I believe in what Boston Scholar Athletes is doing and anything I can do, from working in a school to running in a marathon, I’m all for it.”
Capellano will be joined by three other runners lacing up to support the program that works to connect academics and educational achievement with sports and athletics in Boston Public Schools.
Overall the four runners hope to raise $20,000. Those interested in contributing to Capellano can find more information here.
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