Every year, thousands of runners come together to train, experience and revel in the adventure of the oldest marathon in the world—the Boston Marathon. Many runners are taking on more than the physical challenge of a 26.2 mile run. They're running for the memory of a friend battling cancer. Others for an inspirational young boy taken too early in 2013's bombing or another victim of the bombing who survived and now dedicates her time to making life good for other amputees. Similar stories have driven people to attempt this impressive challenge.
*One of the Make Life Good founders, Mike Sullivan, and Heather Abbott of the Heather Abbott Foundation
On a beautiful, but very brisk morning in late March 2016, many runners participated in a training marathon before the big event on Patriots Day in mid-April as runners for more than 15 individual charity teams. The Make Life Good Company (MakeLifeGood.co) had the opportunity to spend the morning and afternoon rooting on these marathoners at our “water stop” towards the end of the marathon course, handing out drinks and snacks. Our involvement in this event came about through one of our founders. Mike, who is a marathoner, has a good friend named Susan Hurley that manages all these marathon charity teams through her organization, CharityTeams.org. Susan graciously invited The Make Life Good Company to participate in the practice run. These runners “make a difference” each year in our communities and Make Life Good for so many others. For us, it was an opportunity to have a positive impact on these selfless marathoners that raised money and awareness for their chosen charity. It allowed us to spread the word about MLG and our mission: to Remind, Encourage and Inspire people to Make Life Good! for others. Each one of these runners fulfilled our mission that day and again during the Boston Marathon a few short weeks later.
*Mike and new friends
On that cold March day, we enjoyed the opportunity to provide nourishment, encouragement, and compliments to these folks as they neared the end of the Marathon course during this last of two training runs. The courage and strength in their strides and the focus and determination on their faces were evident as they passed our water stop and were about to climb the last, most grueling hill of the Marathon, aptly named "Heartbreak Hill” because of its steep incline just a few miles away from the finish line in downtown Boston. As representatives of The Make Life Good Company, we were thankful that we could be there that day and support the hundreds of runners representing their chosen charities. It was a truly inspiring day for us. Each April we're inspired by the more than 28,000 runners who come from all over the globe to compete in the world’s most competitive marathon. At each and every Marathon, however, it’s the hundreds of runners from the all these charity teams who truly inspire us to Make Life Good for others like they do each year.