For Kim Riordan, Boston will likely be her sixth World Marathon Major. She’s run all of them for her mother.

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For Kim Riordan, Boston will likely be her sixth World Marathon Major. She’s run all of them for her mother.

In our “Why I’m Running” collection, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 15, 2019.

Name: Kim Riordan
Age: 36
From: New York City
Bib #: 25277

Six years in the past, I got here throughout an outdated electronic mail from my mom asking if anybody needed to run the NYC marathon. At the time she labored for ING and had company spots. We all responded we weren’t loopy sufficient to try this. She handed away from most cancers in 2007, and I’d been grappling together with her loss for the previous seven years.

I ran the NYC marathon in 2014 with the American Cancer Society as my first race ever! It was purported to be a one-and-done factor. (Prior to coaching for my first marathon I had by no means run greater than two consecutive miles.) Immediately after crossing the end line I made a decision I used to be going to run one marathon a 12 months for the subsequent six years to finish all six World Major Marathons (at the moment solely 4,260 folks in the whole world have accomplished this problem) whereas making my miles extra significant by persevering with to combat most cancers.

I knew in November 2014 that I needed to complete this feat in Boston, as my mother grew up within the suburbs and it could be the last word tribute to her. During the 2015 season, whereas coaching for Chicago, my ACS coach informed me about Dana-Farber and I vowed to solely run the Boston Marathon if I obtained a spot with them. Not a simple feat as I solely needed to run in 2019: NYC 2014, Chicago 2015, Berlin 2016, London 2017, Tokyo 2018, and… Boston 2019.

This 12 months I’m operating in reminiscence of mother and so honored to give you the chance make a distinction in folks’s lives in order that much less folks have to listen to the phrases you might have most cancers and there may be nothing we will do! One hundred % of cash raised by Dana-Farber’s marathon group goes towards analysis and lifesaving new scientific trials.

Check out our total “Why I’m Running” collection.

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