Why I’m Running: Brad Caswell is running Boston after losing 90 pounds

Caswell volunteered at the marathon finish line three years ago, got inspired, and signed up for a half marathon that day.

Brad Caswell. —Courtesy

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 on April 16, 2018. Editor’s note: Due to the number of submissions already received, we are no longer accepting entries for this year’s race.

Name: Brad Caswell
Age: 30
From: Ashburnham
Bib # 25406

I run for two reasons.

The first is because running has given me a new love. I volunteered at the Boston Marathon finish line three years ago and was blown away by the energy. The runners had done something amazing, their friends and family all supported them in it, and it was truly touching. At the time, I weighed about 275 pounds. I couldn’t run more than a mile at a time, but I went home and signed up for a half marathon that day just to feel a small part of that. I ran the Old Port half and fell in love. Since then I have run another 13 half marathons, the Boston Marathon for the first time last year, and, most importantly, gotten my weight under control. Through my new love of running, I’ve lost about 90 pounds, and feel better than I ever have before.

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The second reason I run is to express love for those close to me, which is why I’m honored to run for Dana-Farber. When I submitted my application to run last year’s race, I had no idea what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting the call I got the day after I was accepted. My grandmother had been diagnosed with melanoma. My runs allowed me the chance to process what I was experiencing, and my fundraising took on even more significance: Every dollar I raised as I trained could show her how much she means to me. I am lucky that she has received fantastic treatment and continues to fight to this day. The more I run and work with Dana-Farber, the more convinced I am of the importance of the work they do and feel so lucky to help them.

Check out our entire “Why I’m Running” series.

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