For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!
Runner: Patricia Hazelton
Longest run to date: Last January, I completed the Disney Goofy Challenge. I ran a half marathon and the next day ran a full marathon for a total of 39.3 miles! It was magical!
Favorite song to listen to while running: Anything by PINK
Favorite post-run snack: Bananas
- What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? Completing the marathon for a charity like MMP is far more meaningful than just running a long distance.
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far? I especially enjoy running with the team and meeting new runners every weekend. Coach Rick always adds confidence to my experience. He is awesome!
- What is your experience with mentoring? Being a fifth-grade teacher for the past 12 years, I have had many memorable students. One student who will always hold a special spot in my heart is Scout. Scout was a vibrant, intelligent and sensitive 10-year-old. She is also a leukemia survivor. After missing much school during her early elementary years, it was a blessing just to have her walk through my classroom door. She loved to learn and had a maturity that was much further along than her peers. When she was in 8th grade, I ran a marathon in her honor to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research. A gifted athlete herself, Scout met me at mile 23 and we finished the marathon together. While Scout was in high school, I spent quite a bit of time with her family. As they bravely faced some personal hardships, I mentored Scout through turbulent times and personal challenges. Any time her family was in need of additional support, whether it was a ride or just advice, I was grateful to answer the call. I can only hope her high school years were better because of this. Scout is now a first-year student at college, and I feel privileged to watch her play on Division 1 soccer team. This family has taught me what it is to rise to a challenge and I welcome the opportunity to honor her with another marathon run, this time in recognition of how mentoring enriches two (or more) lives.
- What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child? Listen. I have found that just being a sounding board can make a huge difference to any child.
- What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give? The best rewards of mentoring come years down the road. When that particular individual has found success and happiness and lets you know it.
- Complete this sentence: When I finish the Marathon, I will feel…Humbled. It is always amazing to me to watch the number of runners who overcome physical, emotional and personal struggles and yet make it to the finish line. I hope that again Scout will be crossing with me. Older now, she has a greater appreciation for my role in her life, and I too, appreciate the joy she has brought to mine.
If you would like to read more about Patricia or make a donation to her fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Mass-Mentoring-Partnership-Boston-Marathon