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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest YMCA is once again an official charity of the Boston Athletic Associations Boston Marathon.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s race has been moved to October 11, but it will be held in person.

The MetroWest YMCA still has a couple of charitable bibs available for runners.

But Y should you run and raise money for the MetroWest YMCA?

The MetroWest YMCA is a purpose-driven non-profit that serves Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Natick, Sudbury, and Wayland.

“We have a range of programs for the community that serve basic needs (food program) to programs that support healthy living, like chronic disease prevention. Over the past five years our running teams have helped raise more than $500,000 that has an immediate impact in the community,” said Amy Miller, Director of Annual Giving at the MetroWest YMCA. “For example, in 2020 we provided more than 100,000 meals to families facing food insecurity.”

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Runners interested in a MetroWest YMCA charitable bib must be 18 years old or will be on October 11,2021, be able to complete the course in 6 hours; and, confident that can meet the $7,500 minimum fundraising goal for the Y programs.

Selected runners will receive training support and participate in weekly long runs with experienced coaches through the Marathon Coalition; support from prior year runners including insight on training and fundraising; nutrition support and much more, said Miller.

If selected, the runner would be responsible for the $395 entry fee; participating in local training runs; attending team meetings and other requirements.

To apply visit

There is a $25 application fee.

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