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).
We are excited to welcome this year’s six runners to join the thirty five-plus Team Metro Housing members from the past twelve years.
They will spend the next 5 months training and raising funds to help more families find and keep homes they can afford. Meet the team and help them reach their goal.
In 2018 Diana Lane Jensen, runs 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.
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.
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 executive Director of Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC).
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”.
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.