Since 2007, a dedicated team of Boston Marathon runners has joined the race to end homelessness by raising more than $370,000 for Metro Housing|Boston. Our participation is made possible by John Hancock’s Marathon Nonprofit Program.
The John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program has generously awarded a limited number of non-qualified runner entries for the 2018 Boston Marathon to Metro Housing|Boston (Metro Housing).
The 2018 Boston Marathon may be over, but there is still time to support Team Metro Housing in their run to help families who are facing homelessness.
The steady rain, cold temperatures and high winds during the 2018 Boston Marathon impacted our runners for 4-5 hours. It was tough for them, but they all had warm homes to go to. Imagine families who have no place to go, who have to deal with harsh conditions every day.
For Dan Rosen, fulfilling a long time goal to run the Boston Marathon, and Metro Housing’s work to prevent homelessness is a good combination. Rosen is a partner at the law firm Klein Hornig. He has run one previous marathon, and has years of experience supporting Metro Housing as contributor and a fundraiser.
AJ Burckhardt has never run a marathon, but finished three half-marathons in 2017 and has waited years for this chance to take on Boston, and “challenge myself beyond anything I have ever done”. Describing Metro Housing, AJ says,”they won’t leave anyone behind- everyone will finish and meet their goals”.
Mia Friedman is an attorney with Lawyers Clearinghouse, and a close Metro Housing collaborator supplying essential pro bono legal services to families. Mia looks forward to the Marathon’s mental and physical challenges and “to do something I consider extraordinary.”
Dana LeWinter’s first post college job was with Metro Housing in a job she describes as “eye-opening and rewarding, and it launched me on a path to a career in housing and community development.” Today LeWinter is Municipal Engagement Director at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
In 2018 Diana Lane Jensen, ran her second Boston Marathon for Metro Housing. Diana is no stranger to the Boston Marathon or Metro Housing. She lives in San Francisco, but spent her childhood in Newton, walking the course with her family before each marathon and her mother is a long-time board member.
Finally, it is a tradition for a member of the Metro Housing staff to run for Team Metro Housing. Meet Michael Lara Manager of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program for Metro Housing Boston, employee runner for 2018. This is Michael’s first marathon. He was inspired by his supervisor Katherine Kaplan, member of Team Metro Housing for the 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathons.