Thursday, October 20, 2011

Did Kellyn Really Qualify for the Boston Marathon?

Well, that's a relatively quick answer.

No, I didn't. 
(Technically speaking)

However, I was chosen to run with one of the most inspirational teams on the planet: 
Team Hoyt.

Meet Dick and Rick Hoyt:


A lack of oxygen during the birth of Rick Hoyt resulted in his diagnosis as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. In the late 70s, Rick told Dick that he wanted to participate in a 5-miler benefiting a sports player who became paralyzed in an accident. Coming in close to last, Dick pushed his son in his wheelchair across the finish line.

Upon his finish, Rick told his father, 
"Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."

Without further question, Dick has pushed Rick in over 1,000 races, 
including 29 Boston Marathons.
This will be their 30th anniversary.

Now, meet my brother, Ryan:


Ryan was in a car accident on April 16, 1983 at the age of 18 months, 
resulting in a strikingly-similar diagnosis as Rick's. 
The Boston Marathon 2012 will be held on the 29th anniversary of Ryan's accident. 

Finally, meet me: Kellyn


In honor of my brother, 
and to raise awareness for all children with special physical needs, 
I plan to train for the next 6 months and run a marathon next to the Hoyts. 
(Well, actually probably well far behind them)

This will by far be one of the most incredible experiences of my life,
and I want to be sure that I document every part of it.

There will be training.
Hardcore training, considering I am a complete novice marathon runner.

There will be fundraising.
From bake sales to running sponsorships, every penny counts.

And there will be a marathon.
Only one of the biggest/fastest/hardest marathons in the world, 
in which I don't even come close to qualifying for. 
But, who's counting...

You will find all of the details here. 
The sweat, blood and tears.
The cupcakes sales, car washes and charity events.
And the incredible stories about my brother and Rick Hoyt.

So for now, I'm oiling up these rusty gams and strapping on my running shoes.
I've only got 415.2 miles to go...

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