WINNING PAIR: Weinstein runs past the Mass General Boston Marathon Team’s cheering squad at Mile Marker 20 with his patient partner, Carson Spahr of Boston.
If you happen to spot someone with an blue MGH headband, it might be a member of one of this year’s MGH Boston Marathon teams. For the first time, the MGH will have three charity teams running on April 21. With over 200 members, this is the largest MGH community roster.
This will be the first and only year for the MGH Emergency Response Fund Team, which was made possible by a donation from the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the nonprofit organization that manages the Boston Marathon. The BAA donated 40 extra bib numbers to eight local hospitals in honor of their work following last year’s tragic events. The team will be led by David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Each member has committed to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the MGH Emergency Response Fund to help support social services for victims and families of disasters and emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training.
Entering its 17th year, the Mass General Boston Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” will have 50 runners who were unable to finish the marathon last year in addition to the 100 bibs donated by John Hancock for the race. The team, founded and led by Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, hopes to surpass raising $1 million for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Meanwhile, Allen Lapey, MD, director, MGH Cystic Fibrosis Center, will lead the 10 members of the Mass General Cystic Fibrosis Marathon Team in their 14th Boston Marathon.
All three teams have joined forces with Dan Fitzgerald, co-founder and CEO of the South End Athletic Company and the HeartBreak Hill Running Company, who will offer training and nutrition advice and sponsor group runs. Fitzgerald will be tweeting advice via @Dan_SEAC; team members are encouraged to tweet or post photographs using the hashtag #run4mgh.
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