Finding the Finish Line

2013 BAA10K
2013 BAA10K
Hello and Happy Friday!  My name is Jessica Lanzoni, and I am a fellow Malden resident!  I will be running the Boston Marathon this year on April 21, and wanted to share with all my neighbors!
  • Name:  Jessica Lanzoni
  • Age: 31
  • Goal: 4 hours and 55 minutes
  • Reason for running:  Running the Boston Marathon has been a lifetime goal for me.  After the tragic events of last year, I resolved to run this year no matter what!  I am running for Tufts Medical Center.  Tufts Medical Center provider stellar care to my father several years ago when he had emergency heart complications.  He continues to see the doctors at Tufts Medical Center for care!  Tufts Medical Center staff also provided care to victims of last years marathon.  Many of the staff rushed to the scene to provide emergency aide while many others worked round the clock at the hospital.  Many of the victims continue to receive outpatient care at TMC today, nearly a year later!  I am honored to be supporting such a wonderful organization while living out my lifelong dream of running Boston!
  • Fundraising link: http://www.teamtuftsmc.org/jlanzoni

len merullo March 10, 2014 at 08:33 PM
cynism has little to do with my comment; although anyone could think that. There should be more credit given to the older way we enjoyed sports and played them. Children competed for fun all over the u.s. not thinking of financial rewards it was a simpler commitment driven by the kids not by organizations of sport. People enjoyed competing and represented themselves and trained without big financial incentives.
Julie the Jarhead March 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Unfortunately, Len, those days are long gone.
Jess Lanzoni March 12, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Hey Len! I understand your frustration! The state of the 'Big City' marathons have certainly changed over the years! But for the real elite runners, perhaps things are still the same. They still come from all over the globe to compete for a title in the Boston Marathon! And for non-elite, but still competitive runners, you still have to qualify (with a very respectable time!) to run. For others, like myself, fundraising affords an opportunity I might not otherwise be able to experience. I consider myself a runner, however, qualifying is just not in the cards with a full time job, extra hours of volunteer work during the week, etc. I have been running for about 5 years now, and training for Boston has been the most rewarding experience I could have ever imagined! Although there are financial incentives (100% of funds I raise go to the hospital, and not even to the BAA!), I think it's a wonderful opportunity to be an official bibbed runner, while giving back to a hospital I hold dear to my heart! This will likely be my only Boston Marathon, but I will continue running marathons and ultra marathons, and pushing myself to my physical limits! I may not be an elite runner, but I am a runner, and I can't wait to hit the streets on April 21!!


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