Editor’s Note: The Boston Marathon is Monday, April 17. Framingham Source will profile several of the Team Framingham runners raising money for 6 Framingham based charities between March 25 and Marathon Monday.
# of marathons: This is my 4th full marathon
# of Boston Marathons: This is my 2nd Boston marathon. I ran it last year.
Why run Boston? I was born and raised in MetroWest Boston area and grew up watching the Boston Marathon go through my hometown of Natick. While I moved around quite a bit during my 10 years in the United States Air Force, I always considered Massachusetts my home and dreamt of one day returning and running the Boston Marathon. The whole race is memorable, but running through downtown Natick feels extra special to me.
Which charity are you raising money for? Framingham High School Foundation.
While it will still be several more years before my children attend Framingham High School, I have many close friends that currently have children in Framingham High. We often discuss how great the school’s extracurricular programs are and how much their kids enjoy them. The money I raise for the Framingham High School Foundation goes towards supporting arts, athletics, and other activities at FHS, which unfortunately, can be at risk of being restricted due to budgetary limitations.
Why do you like to run? Running relaxes me. After a good run, I feel more focused and present. Some of my best personal and professional decisions have been made either during or shortly after a nice long run.
What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon? 3 hours and 40 minutes.
“During the Team Framingham training runs that go along the official Boston Marathon route, I often reflect on the history of the race,” said Young to Source. ” I think about all of the great men and women that have ran those same hilly, curvy roads over the past 120 years—it keeps me inspired and motivated to keep running through the pain”