Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) says,
“…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Long distance running is usually a solitary sport, a lonely sport where you race for and against yourself. Two brothers and a bomb changed all that.
I’m getting close to 60, I limp from scoliosis, I’m slow and I am not as passionate a runner as I once was. I’m more passionate about a cause that was born in me while running. Maternal health. I traded in long hours on the road for long hours studying midwifery. I traded my shorts and tanks for scrubs. My sneakers for Birkenstocks. Water bottles for coffee. The switch was natural, the time was right. I’ve run 8 marathons, I’ve long since passed my prime; I was done.
Beth training for Boston
on the streets of Haiti
Then I received an email from my friend and coach at Calvary Chapel Boston. She offered me a rare gift that fine athletes only dream about: An invitational number to run Boston this year. Her words rang so clear in my heart I couldn’t type the word “YES” fast enough. She said this year we would be running for others. For the spectators, the ones hurt last year in the bombing. Not ourselves. Not athletes pushing for a personal best but running to say thank you for those who stand on the sidelines cheering and for some of them it was at great cost. A run for others. A run to say that evil does not win. A run that says we continue no matter what.
For one last time my twin passions will meet each other. Running meets midwifery. I’ll join the Calvary Chapel team in Boston and run 26.2 miles to bring the needs of Heartline to light. Heartline fights poverty by giving women prenatal care, a safe birth, child development, sewing school, literacy, cooking school and sponsoring school for children. We fight so evil can’t just take over and win.
That’s what the Boston Marathon is about this year. Telling evil it can’t win. We’ll keep running. Heartline will keep fighting poverty and lack of education. Heartline will keep sharing the gospel.
One last time I’ll run the race and cross that finish line. Not only as an athlete but as a torch bearer, a messenger, a bell ringer stating that Heartline is on the front lines of poverty in Haiti and your pledge for me to run helps win that war.
Bombs can’t win. Poverty can’t win. Run Boston.
Note: Beth is not fundraising for her trip costs or entry fees for the Boston Marathon. Rather, she is asking for donations to Heartline’s mission, her greater calling, of helping those in poverty. If you would like to donate to Heartline in honor of Beth’s Marathon and in honor of those who were affected by last year’s bombing, please donate through this website. In the “Note” section, please us know if this is in honor of “Run Boston.” Thank you.