Meet our runners: Patricia Hazelton

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!

PatriciaRunner:  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

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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