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Crossing the (Half Half Half Half Half) Marathon Finish Line

April 11, 2019

Des Linden smiling and clapping at the race finish line.

Thursday, April 11 was a record-breaking day for the annual Half Half Half Half Half Marathon as we crossed the finish line with the most contributions in the event’s three-year history. Friends of 826 Boston dressed up, ran, walked, hopped, and danced their way through 0.826 miles on a perfect New England spring day on the Boston Common.

Thanks to tireless fundraising on the part of our fiercest advocates, including dedicated 826 Boston staff and team members, the Half Half Half Half Half Marathon raised more than $28,000 to support free youth writing and publishing programs. Des Linden, our esteemed grand marshal, encouraged runners to “show up and try to be better every day.” We capped off the night with a cozy after-party with our pals at Papagayo.

Just four days later, after months of training and fundraising, the 826 Boston Marathon Team—Sarah Payne and Teddy Hook—completed the real-deal race: the 123rd Boston Marathon. Thanks to the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program, they raised $10,000 to support 826 Boston’s free writing programs.

A group of people clapping, wearing unicorn horns and race bibs.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Carrot Flower
City Feed
Coolidge Corner Theatre
CorePower Yoga
Trader Joe’s
Golden Girl Granola
J.P. Licks
Tres Gatos
Meal Pal
Roche Bros
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Somerville Theatre
Taza Chocolate
Ula Cafe
Whole Foods Market
Yoga Works

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