On Sunday, August 21, 44 Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) runners gathered in Woods Hole to run the iconic New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Runners in the hospital’s two signature teams—Stepping Strong, established by survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and dedicated to fueling innovative trauma research and care, and Life.Giving.Breakthroughs., dedicated to raising funds across all disciplines and disease areas at BWH—were among 11,000 participants in the 44th annual event.
To date, the teams have raised more than $22,000 to transform the future of medicine for patients and families here in Boston and around the world. The mood was festive “As a patient of BWH and a spectator at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish,” said Stepping Strong runner Krystn Lake, “I have been able to see firsthand the level of impact the Stepping Strong team has had on the Boston Marathon survivor community. To run for Stepping Strong not only brings about a sense of purpose for each run, but you also know you are making a difference for many in the years to come.”
Tracy Sylven, the mom of 12-year-old runner Nate added, “Having my son run on the BWH Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. team was an incredible experience. I have worked at the hospital for over 25 years, so I was so proud to see him dedicate his time and energy to BWH. Nate felt a very strong connection and commitment to the race and used that as motivation for training and raising nearly $1,500.”
After the race, BWH runners and their guests enjoyed a barbeque at the Flying Bridge restaurant in Falmouth Check out the BWH Marathon Program Facebook page to view photos of the race.
To learn more about running the Falmouth Road Race with Stepping Strong, contact Caroline Duncan at BWHmarathonprogram.org or 617-424-4263.