Project Description

Katelyn Rota
Holbrook, MA

Up until 10 months ago, I would have never described myself as a “runner.” In all honesty, it has been a few years since I have even considered myself an “athlete.”

In the months after losing my Dad after a long struggle with substance use disorder, I needed both an outlet for my grief and was extremely eager to do something BIG to honor and remember him. My Dad was about as spontaneous and adventurous as one could be and always took on life’s challenges with a smile and a laugh. He had a “go big, or go home” attitude and always reminded me that life is too short not to live it to the fullest. For me, running the 2019 Boston Marathon keeps his crazy, adventurous spirit alive and is a consistent reminder to take on new challenges and live life to the fullest just as he would want.

I can’t change the way our story ended but by raising funds through this run for Herren Project, I hope to help others have access to the resources they need to re-write their story. This cause is so meaningful to me and I am proud to play a very small part in the amazing work that Herren Project is doing.

This one’s for you Daddio – I’ll be smiling for you on Boylston!

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