Why I’m Running: Bob Cremin is running Boston to support homeless children

Cremin started running when he was 51. At 77, Boston will be his 50th marathon.

Bob Cremin. —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.

Name: Bob Cremin
Age: 77
From: Mercer Island, Washington
Bib #: 27166

I did not start running until I was 51 years old, and this will be my 50th marathon! My doctors told me that I had a prolapsed heart valve, and I became inspired to run by the Boston Marathon. I earned my master’s degree from Harvard, so this marathon and this city mean a lot to me personally.

About eight or nine years ago I met Bob Atchinson, a member of the senior advisory board for Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit located right here in Boston. He knew I enjoyed running marathons and introduced me to this wonderful organization. I took a tour of Horizons and was overwhelmed by the passion that the teachers, staff, and volunteers have for the children. It was also rewarding to see how the children responded to the incredible care and support Horizons provided. Ever since that visit, I knew I wanted to run the Boston Marathon for Horizons.

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Having run nearly 50 marathons already, it can be challenging to reach my fundraising goal because I’ve tapped my friends and family for money quite a few times! But, I always hit my goal and the smiling faces of the kids is so rewarding that I’m just thrilled to run on behalf of Horizons this year.

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

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