Heavy downpours. Strong gusts of wind. Unseasonably cold temperatures. 26.2 miles. Runners of this year’s Boston Marathon had to tackle each one of these elements to get to the finish line. Despite the subpar weather, members of the Mass General Marathon team conquered the course April 16. They also raised more than $1.7 million for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center, the Emergency Response and other programs close to their hearts – Botswana Oncology Global Outreach, Caring for a Cure, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, the Lurie Center for Autism and the Mootha Lab. The 39 MGH employee runners got a send-off at the hospital April 12 from special guests Jessica Kensky, RN, a Lunder 10 nurse, and her husband, Patrick Downes, who were injured in the 2013 marathon bombing, as well as New England Patriot Ted Karras.

This article was originally published in the 04/20/18 Hotline issue.