Boston Marathon

Why I’m Running: ‘I run because I can and for those who can’t’

Amanda Bathory is running so her kids can live in a world without cancer.

Amanda Bathory is running the Boston Marathon for Dana Farber. Amanda Bathory

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here.

Name: Amanda Bathory
Age: 42
From: Auburndale

This will be my second year running the Boston Marathon for Dana Farber. I’m running for my mother who passed away from lung cancer, and so my 5-year-old and 3-year-old can live in a cancer-free world.

My mom’s birthday is July 27 and growing up our “family number” was always 27. I always look for signs that my mom is watching over me and guiding me. This is a definite sign that my mom wants me to participate in the 127th running of the Boston Marathon. 


Last year, I said I was only doing this once. The training was very hard and I got injured, but you know what? All of that is nothing compared to dealing with cancer. I am blessed with such trivial complaints and obstacles to overcome. I run because I can and for those who can’t.

During my team runs I have met such amazing people that have lost kids, babies, spouses, siblings, and some that are currently going through treatment while they train for the marathon. These stories and these people combined with losing my mom are why I am running again this year. I must run so my kids can live in a cancer-free world.   

Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.