Allen Thomas
Boynton Beach, FL

I’m from a small town in Tennessee just outside Chattanooga. As a kid, I played junior golf all over the country, and finished high school at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC. I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and worked for my family’s business for about 7 years. My drinking escalated in my early to mid-twenties and I eventually got sober in May of 2012. I packed up, and moved to Delray Beach, FL to live in a halfway house. It was the best decision I have ever made. I have dedicated my life to 12 step recovery, I’m an active member in AA and I love to help other alcoholics. I got married in 2016. I’ve built a sober network of friends and colleagues, and started a new career in the process. I work for Immersion Recovery Center, as a primary counselor, case manager, and group facilitator. My wife and I enjoy traveling, movies, and GOLF!

Running has always been an outlet for me, particularly when I got sober, as a healthy way to cope with stress. I’ve completed a half marathon, and a Ragnar Relay race, running from Chattanooga, TN to Nashville, TN with a team of 12! I’m running Boston in honor of my younger sister, and my father. Unfortunately, addiction has plagued my family for generations, and we lost both of them recently, Shanna in 2014, and Dad in 2015. My dad used to talk about running a marathon all the time, but his drinking always got in the way, and he never committed to training and seeing it through.

I’m honored to raise money for such a wonderful organization, and to play a small role in helping people across the country get the help they need.

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