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Run Boston - Join the Run for Research® Team, Run to Save Lives at the B.A.A. Boston Marathon®
Help fight liver disease. Join the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research Team at the Boston Marathon. They still have a few slots left to run Boston. Yes, you can get in! Make your distance effort really count. Turn your love of running into a Boston Marathon adventure by raising money and running for a life-changing cause.

Run Boston - Join the Run for Research® Team, Run to Save Lives at the B.A.A. Boston Marathon®

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By Traci Joy
Posted Sunday, 12 February, 2012

Run to save lives! Each step you take is a step toward support, recovery and hope for millions in their fight against this devastating disease. When you run your race, make every step count. Make the training worthwhile. Give yourself an incentive and a further goal. Here is your chance to make a difference in literally hundreds of lives. Help give light and hope to many families living through some of their darkest hours. Help provide solace and support to families struggling with liver disease by joining the Run for Research Team and become an All-Star while doing something you love.

Boston defines the marathon world in many ways, and their charity programs provide the best of both worlds—a chance to run in a legendary event, and the opportunity to help the American Liver Foundation raise vitally needed funds for research. The ALF Run for Research was one of the first--and remains one of the largest--charity programs allowed by the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Tens of millions of dollars have been raised, and many runners have lived their athletic dream by participating at Boston—and on this very special team.

Your liver, your life! Check out the team at

ALF Run for Research Team Members are treated like elite athletes. Many other “ordinary” participants are envious of the perks—a great part of the tremendously memorable experience. The ALF Run for Research Team provides training for both first-time marathoners and experienced distance runners alike. Excellent coaching is a hall mark of this program, with Coach Kate Kelly and Coach Jorge Martinez available for questions, whether a part of the local training group or a remote participant coming into town.

But Marathon Weekend really sets team members apart: That’s right, RFR equals VIP, and you have never been treated better for any race. These special privileges include a carbo-load brunch and dinner the day before at the Westin Copley Hotel (where most of the elite runners stay and where the press is assembled—interviews and appearances abound). You can check your gear on Race Morning at the Copley. When you make your triumphant return you will have dry, comfortable clothes waiting—and a shower, changing rooms, massage, and goodies to replenish.

They provide a marathon Monday breakfast before boarding busses to the start on race morning—and we are not talking about school buses here, but luxury coaches with bathrooms and comfort. Prior to the start, team members assemble in the “Red Section”, or VIP section at Athletes Village.

Team Members will have support along the course, and cheering sections as they make their way along the storied path to Boston, Boylston and the finish. And after crossing the finish there will be a team meeting area at the Westin Copley with rooms with showers and changing space—all at the Westin Copley only steps from the finish line. You can have a massage (just for the team) before meeting with other members for a welcome back, congratulatory brunch. The Westin Copley is at 10 Huntington Avenue, just a block from the famed Boston Public Library and the finish line.

Team members will have support all through the training and fundraising process. Friends, family members, co-workers, and others will want to help and will gladly support you in this endeavor/adventure. There are scheduled training runs, done as a group or remotely; there are team socials, meetings, workshops, practice runs, and more. The top fundraisers will be listed on the Team Website for all to see. Some are there already:

The Team Website is excellent, with information on marathon weekend, upcoming calendar of events and timelines, training, fundraising, history, news, contacts, top fundraisers, team rosters, and so much more. The primary contact is Caity Annibell, and she can be reached at 617-527-5600 or There will be a RFR Team reunion a month or so after the marathon, and you can relive the experience with others who truly understand.

For more information on the American Liver Foundation and its vital mission, please go to

Guidance and support will be provided by experienced Team Members, known as the Runners Council, in addition to the coaches and those from the American Liver Foundation. There is a lot of history and tradition with the Run for Research Team, and some members return often. There are several programs to note as well, such as the Patient-Runner Program (triple incentive/goals), and a volunteer program, perhaps a way for your friends or family to participate, helping you and the vital cause.

This is an opportunity you really should explore, and a way to be a participant at B.A.A. Boston Marathon and all it has to offer. More importantly you can be an RFR – VIP, a hero, and experience this adventure that is the 2012 Boston as few others can.

It is the 116th running in the fabled history or the world’s oldest annual marathon. Be a part of it. You have the power to provide life-saving research and services to individuals and families fighting so hard for their lives. Many patients would give anything to be able to run as you do. With your help some may very well do so!

Whether you are a seasoned runner with little-to-no fundraising experience or a novice runner who has raised thousands of dollars for a charitable organization, it all begins with you. And it ends with you. This is the Run for Research Team; this is the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. You have the feet that will take you through your race, and you have the heart to raise funds for a much-needed cause. Let’s train, let’s begin; begin to build endurance and enduring memories.



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