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Why I’m Running: ‘For those who need to hear a message of hope’

Jay Foss is running for the American Red Cross and is also checking off a bucket list item of running the marathon.

Jay Foss is running to inspire others with hope, even though he is not a 'runner.' Jay Foss

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 story here.

Name: Jay Foss
Age: 40
From: Hamilton

I’m not really a “runner” but am running the Boston Marathon for the American Red Cross as inspiration for those who need to hear a message of hope.

Just as I’m not a runner but will be crossing the finish line on Oct. 11, your situation doesn’t need to define your life. [P]artnering with the American Res Cross is an experience of a lifetime as they prevent and alleviate human suffering where it is needed most.

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Personally, I’m celebrating my 40th rotation around the sun this year and it has been a bucket list item of mine to run this special marathon, can’t believe it’s actually happening this fall!

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

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