These Local Notables Are Running the Boston Marathon
Many of us already know one of the 30,000 runners who will be taking on Heartbreak Hill come Monday. Friends and family aside, though, you may notice some familiar faces in the sea of spandex. We found five local notables running this year’s Boston Marathon.
1. Doug Flutie:
The former NFL quarterback, who attended Boston College and played for the Patriots, will be running with his philanthropic team on race day. The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, which sponsors Team Dougie, works to provide the best services and resources to people living with autism, inspired by Flutie’s son.
2. Adrianne Haslet-Davis:
After surviving the 2013 bombings and losing half of her left leg, Adrianne Haslet-Davis is coming back to run the marathon this year. The professional dancer ran the last three miles in 2014, but this year, she’s ready to take on the whole marathon.
3. Tom O’Keefe:
You might know Tom O’Keefe better by his Twitter handle, @BostonTweet. O’Keefe will be running for the B.Good Family Foundation, which issues micro-grants to individuals trying to better their communities.
— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) March 12, 2016
4. Nicole Jacobs:
The Emmy-nominated journalist and WBZ news reporter will be running her third Boston Marathon, to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
— Nicole Jacobs (@NicoleJacobsWBZ) March 18, 2016
5. Bri Eggers:
The weekend meteorologist at 7News will be running the marathon on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Honorable mention: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman
These two aren’t technically running, but they are honorary co-captains of Boston Medical Center’s marathon team. Bauman was severely injured in the 2013 bombings, and was treated at BMC. During his recovery, he wrote his memoir, Stronger, which will be adapted into a film, starring Gyllenhaal as Bauman.