This year Herren Project is proud to be a part of the 2020 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Our Boston Marathon team is made up of 21 dedicated individuals who are not only committed to running, but committed to raise awareness about the disease of addiction and funding for recovery. Read their stories on why running for Herren Project is important to them.

Help them meet their goal  by making a donation today!


Claire Akin

Claire is the Director of Event Marketing for Gray Matter Marketing- an event management and marketing firm that produces road races throughout New England. Claire is a CrossFit coach and competitor with a [...]


Rebekah Barricklow

I live in Wake Forest, North Carolina with my husband, Josh, and our two kids, Dean (11) and Riley (9). I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I’m also [...]


EJ Coveney

Last January, my wife Melissa and I discovered that our son had started down a dangerous road of using marijuana. Despite our numerous efforts to help him quit, within a few months, we barely [...]


Caleb Daniloff

As a former alcoholic and drug abuser, running has played a large role in my health and sobriety for the past 18 years, from mitigating anxiety, panic, and depression to supplying a sense of [...]


Zane Fitzgerald

At 33 years old, I am 12 years free from drugs and alcohol. May 30, 2007 is the most significant day of my life. The peace of mind, as well as the commitment and [...]


Leigh Ann Frick

I was always an athlete; basketball was my sport of choice and I thought running was crazy. In 2009, right before I was about to turn 40, my neighbors convinced me to run with [...]


Michael Gramajo

I'll be toeing the starting line at the 2020 Boston Marathon for Team Herren Project after having a wonderful experience at the Berlin Marathon in 2019 with the team. I call Chicago my home [...]


Jessica Lasorsa

Addiction has had a profound impact on my life in a number of ways. The most tragic impact was the loss of my baby brother, Jacob, in 2016. Jacob was only 20 years old [...]


Kelsey Lay

Ever since Kelsey was a little girl, she watched the Boston Marathon on TV and always thought “wow, that would be so cool to run in it!” Determined to qualify in 2017, she missed [...]


Meg Navatto

I live in Oceanside, NY. I work as a Cell Genetic Technologist at Northwell Health. My husband, Pete, and I began running for Herren Project in 2015 and have since become ambassadors for [...]


Emily Pahl

Emily Pahl is a 24 year old full time fitness instructor living in San Diego, CA. She grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts where her passion for fitness, sports, and specifically long distance running originated. [...]


Jessica Ralph

I live in Dedham, Massachusetts. I am 24 years old, and this will be my first marathon. Although most of my official runs have been in the 5k range, I’ve always dreamed of one [...]


Gena Ricciardi

As a longtime Bostonian, avid runner, and nonprofit fundraising professional, I jumped at the chance to run Boston and raise funds for Herren Project. I've seen firsthand how substance use disorder can tear apart [...]


Mitch Rogers

I have had the fortune of knowing Chris for almost 40 years. He is like a brother to me. I have closely witnessed his success, struggle and happiness through recovery. I know no one [...]


Andrew St. Pierre

To say that I am excited to be running the Boston Marathon and that I am proud to be doing so for the Herren Project would be drastic understatements. I believe that two of [...]


Steven Sousa

Steven is a Hilltopper Harrier and proud to be representing Herren Project in this year's Boston Marathon. Running has always been a crucial piece in Steven's well-being and loves the solace and meditation [...]


Sarah Swenson

I live in Boston, MA, currently working as a study coordinator for clinical trials. This year I will be applying to PA school with the hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant in future.  I [...]


Maddie Taylor

I‘m a 22 year old from Wells, Maine, and I am so proud to be a member of Herren Project’s 2020 Boston Marathon team! I was inspired to join the Herren Project team because [...]