Hi, I'm Erin!
I am beyond honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to both run the famed Boston Marathon and raise money for such an amazing cause -- The Home For Little Wanderers -- all at the same time.
I'm a mom of two hilarious, fun, and energetic boys, ages 3 and 5. They're my whole world. Right now, that world consists of riding bikes and our 29-year old horse, Amazing, Nerf gun battles, playing superheroes, drawing (mostly monsters), and a recent obession with all things Frozen. They are my skiing, reading and movie-going buddies. And I fall asleep each night saying thanks that they are such healthy, safe, and happy little guys.
But I know that not all kids are as lucky. And that's where the Home for Little Wanderers comes in. The Home is a fantastic Boston-based organization whose mission is to "ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances." The Home supports and strengthens vulnerable families and works to keep children safe in their own communities through various programs, from behavioral health and adoption/foster care services, to sending kids to summer camps or making sure they have a gift to open at Christmas...and nearly everything in-between.
This race is special, too, not only because of who I'm running for -- The Home for Litte Wanderers -- or because it's the BOSTON MARATHON...but also because of who I'm running with: one of my best friends, Melanie Kaye. Mel and I met in college on the staff of the St. Norbert TIMES newspaper, and years later, shared an office for my first job out of graduate school. Since then, we have also shared many BLEs (Big Life Events), from moves to kids to athletic events like this one. We ran the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon together to ring in our 30s, and Mel is right over there --->, just outside of the frame of my profile picture, helping me celebrate my first Ironman finish in 2007. We live in different cities now, and with five kids, three dogs, and about 800 miles betwen us, quality time is short and infrequent. So I'm especially looking forward to spending 4+ hours on the route from Hopkinton to Copley Square, hangning out and soaking in this experience with Mel.
Many, many thanks to The Home for Little Wanderers for this opportunity, to Melanie for agreeing (on relatively short notice) to undertake this not-so-little adventure, our husbands for their understanding and kid-wrangling during those long runs and on April 17th, and most of all, to each and every one of you for any financial support you might be able to give to The Home and the children and families it serves. More than 80% of The Home's funding goes directly to programming, too, so you can rest easy knowing your donation will go toward helping the kids and famlies who need it most.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now...back to training. See you on the other side of 26.2!