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Tufts University: The President's Marathon Challenge

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A message from the president

At 10 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009, the members of the Tufts Marathon team will once again gather in Hopkinton to participate in a great Boston tradition and raise funds for several signature programs at Tufts. I invite you to join them next Patriots’ Day for the annual President’s Marathon Challenge.

Tufts runners have competed in the longest-running marathon in the country for the last six years. Team members have raised more than $1.9 million to support nutrition, medical, and fitness research, education, and outreach programs at the university, and their efforts have helped generate millions of dollars in research funding. This year we again plan to field a team of 200 runners.

Marathon numbers will be provided to alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who commit to raising a minimum of $2,500 to support the President’s Marathon Challenge. Students are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. Numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the team will be supported by dedicated Tufts faculty experts and members of Tufts’ Athletics Department. Don Megerle, Tufts’ Men’s Swimming Coach of 34 years; Professor Miriam Nelson from the Friedman School; and Eric Johnson from University Advancement will once again strengthen our team’s training, coaching, and fundraising efforts. As always, I look forward to training regularly with the team.

I encourage you to learn more about the President’s Marathon Challenge by exploring our website. We have revamped the site this year to reflect the sense of community that pervades the team and to make it even easier to become involved. New features include improved tools for runners’ personal web pages, blog postings from Coach Megerle, photo galleries and testimonials, a showcase of top fundraisers. I hope you find the new site helpful and inspiring.

Having run five marathons, four of them in Boston, I am well aware of the physical challenges runners face. Preparing for a marathon is hard work, but the lifelong friendships and sense of accomplishment outweigh the short-term struggle. I encourage you to take on our challenge and share in this wonderful experience.

Please sign up today. For more information, explore the website or contact Coach Megerle at marathonchallenge@tufts.edu.


Lawrence S. Bacow

"What I realized coming down Commonwealth Avenue was what a great source of pride this program is for everyone associated with the university. I felt a school spirit like I had never felt before."

- Dan Pliskin, A86

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