65 degrees. Cowbells waving. Lime green shirt on. It was Marathon Monday, and NETA Cares was waiting patiently at Mile 23 in Coolidge Corner for the first round of marathon runners. More importantly, they were waiting for Team Brookline – 33 men and women running heroes.
Alli, NETA Cares volunteer, expressed, “I was so overcome with emotion and pride to witness everyone participate on Marathon Monday. We shared a goal with Team Brookline, and this event motivated me to want to continue our support!”
Amina, NETA Cares volunteer, continues, “The experience of going to the Boston Marathon this year was amplified by going with our NETA Cares team. With all the activity going around us, crowds of local spectators, high security including local enforcement, it reminded me that this was a worldwide event that people participate in. One of the greatest challenges spectators and runners alike had to face was the heat this year. With the sun shining down on everyone, it roused uplifting spirits, but also added challenges to the runners. At the 23 mile mark, our team was able to observe runners push through more hardship than they anticipated and persevere. Our energetic team endured the heat for the runners. After a challenge like that for all the runners and all the people outside by their side, it made us as a team feel more accomplished and ultimately, stronger. We truly felt Boston Strong.”
Team Brookline recruited 33 of the most genuine and philanthropic people. With several members raising over $7,500 for their town, the team pulled in over $200k altogether. This marks the biggest year for these members – with more beneficiaries, more teammates and more money raised! NETA Cares is proud to support such an inspiring group of runners.
Michael, Operations Specialist and NETA Cares volunteer, also commented, “Attending the 2017 Boston Marathon as a member of NETA Cares was an exhilarating experience! It was truly an inspiration to see the determination and perseverance exhibited by the runners. Equally inspiring was the passion with which my NETA Cares colleagues cheered them on. I’d like to think that in some small way our enthusiasm helped the runners achieve their goal of making it across the finish line.”
Some NETA Cares volunteers even talked about running in the race next year! We will see if they can score some of the most coveted race bibs. Until then, we are so proud of all of the Team Brookline runners, and look forward to participating in the Purple Run for a Cure in Northampton – on Sunday, April 23rd.
To see pictures of NETA Cares at Marathon Monday, click here!