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 15, 2019.
Name: Emily Russell
From: Pepperell, Massachusetts
Bib #: 28283
My name is Emily Russell, and I am running Boston Marathon for Massachusetts Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization (MA HOBY), a non-profit organization that has been a part of my life since I was a sophomore in high school when I attended their three-day leadership seminar. The program is designed to empower sophomores from high schools all over Massachusetts to develop leadership skills and to excel in their endeavors and to give back to their communities.
This organization gave me the confidence and the skills to come out of my shell and become the person I am today. MA HOBY changed my life for the better, so I have been volunteering for this organization for the last 12 years, all in hopes to influence young people year after year to become great leaders in their lives and communities. I have also volunteered at the Boston Marathon finish line every year handing out blankets since 2011, and the love, strength, and sense of community make Boston Marathon the greatest race there is. I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in this race, my first marathon ever, and to raise money for an organization that has given me so much over the years.
If anyone is interested in helping me reach my fundraising goal of $5,000 before the marathon please visit my GoFundMe page. Good luck, and happy running to everyone. See you in April!
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.