Why I’m Running: Meghan Maloney is running Boston for DREAMFAR and her students

"Students who have not always experienced success academically or socially are able to achieve each and every time they run."

Meghan Maloney, during the 2017 Providence Marathon.
Meghan Maloney, during the 2017 Providence Marathon. –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: Meghan Maloney
Age: 27
From: Allston
Bib #: 27082

I am running Boston because I have been fortunate enough to be a leader for the Match High School DREAMFAR team for the last three years. DREAMFAR is a marathon training program for Boston area high school students. I have seen DREAMFAR give some of my most struggling students confidence and strength. Students who have not always experienced success academically or socially are able to achieve each and every time they run. Once a high schooler has run 26.2 miles they know they are capable of anything they set their mind to.

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DREAMFAR inspired me to run my first marathon alongside my students in 2016. Two years later, my students and I are in the midst of training for our third marathon. For 30 weeks, we run after school every Monday and Wednesday, donning reflective gear, hats, and gloves to embrace running in Boston’s cold, dark winter. Saturday mornings my students commute over an hour to reach Brookline by 7:30 a.m. to complete our long runs with hundreds of other Boston area high school students. Before each run we gather together and chant “26.2 Together!”

Running a marathon was not something I ever thought I would be capable of. However, DREAMFAR and running with my students has made it completely achievable. I have been given the opportunity to learn about myself and gain confidence right alongside my students. I am running Boston in honor of each of my students who have run several marathons before finishing high school. I’m running in honor of anyone who thinks running a marathon is impossible.

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.