Furthering its commitment, the New England Acura Dealers (NEADA) will serve as a key sponsor of the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles 2016 Boston Marathon team. Additionally, through entries provided by the dealers, several participants will be running as members of this year’s team.
As a key sponsor, the NEADA will support Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Marathon training runs on Feb. 20 and March 26. Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles training runs provide a great opportunity to run the course and meet teammates and coaches.
The Feb. 20 training run will span 17 miles, starting at the Natick Common on the marathon route and ending at the Boston Sports Club. The March 26 training run will start at Hopkinton and end at Chestnut Hill for a total of 21 miles. NEADA will also match donations made to Miles for Miracles team members up to $10,000.
Chris Connolly, association president and general manager of Herb Connolly Acura, said “When I ran in 2010 for a charity, I couldn’t help but think about the sick kids as my inspiration to keep training and get through it. Considering our recent partnership with the B.A.A., supporting the hospital’s Miles for Miracles team for the 2016 Marathon was a no-brainer.”
Through entries provided by Prime Acura, Jackie Walsh, 47, and Ryan Hall will join this year’s team. This will be Walsh’s sixth Boston Marathon, previously running in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
“When I started thinking about running the marathon in 2008, I looked through the charities and Miles for Miracles for Boston Children’s Hospital looked very special and it was!” said Walsh. “[My] boys were young at the time – and luckily very healthy – and running for a charity that supported and healed children resonated with me.”
Nashua-resident Meghan McGrath, 26, will be running her very first Boston Marathon as a member of the hospital’s Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles team through an entry provided by Sunnyside Acura.
Sponsored by Prime Acura North, Karin Tenney-Helfrich, a seasoned marathon runner, will run her first Boston Marathon on Boston Children’s team.
Members of the team will have access to Boston Children’s Hospital coaches, a customized training program, fundraising support, and the satisfaction of helping kids at the hospital.
“Over the years, I’ve been able to see how important Boston Children’s Hospital is. When the bombings happened in 2013, all of the injured children were rushed to [Boston Children’s Hospital]” Walsh said. “It was a very emotional time and [it] confirmed that the money being raised and donated was needed.”
The support of Miles for Miracles runners helps Boston Children’s Hospital doctors, nurses and researchers continue to innovate patient care, find cures and bring the extraordinary to life. Members of the team raise funds through sponsorships, personal donations and pledges from their families, friends, community and colleagues. The hospital’s Miles for Miracles Team joined the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program in 1996 and since then has raised $21.4 million.
NEADA’s sponsorship of the Miles for Miracles 2016 Boston Marathon team is part of its continued support of Boston Children’s Hospital. Since 2012, NEADA has served as a top-level sponsor at all signature fundraisers benefitting the hospital. To meet their $1 million pledge by the end of Nov. 2016, NEADA continues to support Boston Children’s through event sponsorship and fundraising campaigns for the premier pediatric care and research facility.
In January, the NEADA partnered with the Boston Athletic Association and is serving as the official automotive sponsor of the 2016 Boston Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K.
“I knew that one day I would run this race to prove how strong Boston is as a city and a community,” McGrath said. “It has always been a dream of mine to get the opportunity to run this race and now, thanks to Acura, it has been fulfilled.”