#boston2014 – Running This Year’s Boston Marathon

On April 16, 2013 I wrote a post about the horrific tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Here’s how it started:

At 3:55pm yesterday I cried.

I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter. I did a quick scan of Twitter, clicked through to a few links, and realized a bomb had gone off near the finish line.

I went blank – just stared at my computer screen – and then started crying. I called Amy – she hadn’t heard about it yet and told her what had happened. I collected myself and called in to my Hangout. My partners were all shaken also – Seth lived in Boston for many years, Ryan has done several marathons, and Jason just did his first marathon last year in Detroit.

A few days later Brent Hill tweeted that he was going to run Boston in 2014 as a show of strength and did anyone want to join him. Dick Costolo and Matt Shobe quickly joined in and I piled on with a commitment immediately.

This resulted in a group of us  running the Boston Marathon in 2014 as part of a team called #boston2014. The team includes a number of well known tech entrepreneurs, including Dick Costolo (Twitter CEO), Brent Hill (Origin Ventures), Matt Shobe (Angel.co), Elizabeth Weil (A16Z) and a bunch of Dick’s gang from Twitter including Chris Aniszczyk, Kelly Flannery, Taylor Harwin, Katie Haynes, Charlie Love, Dale Maffett, and Kevin Weil.

We are all running with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training which has a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. Several close friends of ours have survived lymphomas and it’s a cause I care about.

As a team, we decided to make a big goal of raising $250,000 and I’ve personally committed to raising $50,000. My wife Amy Batchelor and I are kicking off my fundraising with a personal gift of $10,000 from our foundation.

Please support my, and the #boston2014 team effort, to raise $250,000 for LLS. Any amount is appreciated. And keep Boston running strong!

  • http://is.linkedin.com/in/balakamallakharan Bala

    I decided to run the Boston Marathon 2014 as well after the news of the bombing. I will support #Boston2014

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Fantastic! Looking forward to seeing you / hanging out in Boston in April.

  • http://sritchie.github.com Sam Ritchie

    Donation accomplished. That was such a surreal few days. It was amazing to see Boston rise up. I’m sure the marathon is going to be incredible this year.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx man – really appreciate the support!

  • http://www.EyeOnJewels.com/ Darius Vasefi

    Done, enjoy the run Brad. I’ll be doing a shorter run in commemoration. Great to see the whole country rising to support this year’s event more than ever.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Yeah – it’s powerful stuff.

  • Anthony Joseph Richichi

    Great cause- thank you for the hard work. I remember traveling to the site a few days after the race. Very emotional.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thanks!