Hopkinton resident Scott Lennox and his daughter, Beth, made news earlier this year when they ran the Maui Oceanfront Marathon in Hawaii in January.
It marked a milestone, as both Scott, 76, and Beth, 50, now have completed a marathon in all 50 states.
Scott did not start marathoning until he turned 50 — despite living down the street from the state line and working for race sponsor John Hancock. He started running in an effort to lose weight, and he was coaxed into his first Boston by a coworker who wanted a running companion.
“She was like my worst nightmare,” Scott recalled in an interview with Boston TV station WCVB. “She just would not let it go. She said, ‘You’ve got to train with me,’ and in fact, over eight months, I lost 50 pounds, and we ran 2003 together.”
Scott became hooked, and Boston became a regular rite of spring. After he retired at age 64, he started running races in other states. He has run 79 marathons, including 17 Bostons and all the World Majors.
Inspired by her father, Beth eventually joined in on the fun. She ran 16 marathons in 15 months so they could complete the 50-state milestone at the same time.
“Sometimes he’s carrying me, and sometimes I’m carrying him,” she said. “But we both get there.”
Said Scott: “We’ve just had fun. There’s always some aspect of every marathon that we’ve done where we’ve had a really good time.”
This Boston marks Scott’s 20th anniversary of marathoning, and he said his coworker who got him started is going to run with him.
Donnelly takes on new distance
Ashley Donnelly was a standout sprinter at Hopkinton High School before graduating in 2019. Now, the 22-year-old recent Syracuse University graduate will attempt the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser for the Korean Church of Greater Boston.
“Growing up in Hopkinton, I have had the privilege of watching our small town transform every year into the start line for one of the oldest and most renowned marathons in the world,” Donnelly wrote on her fundraising page (gofund.me/2ff6bf7c). “Feeling the excitement and anticipation of the runners in the air each year, and watching some of the most talented athletes in the world compete, ignited in me a passion to one day do the same. As a track and field athlete in high school, I have always loved running, but as a sprinter, I could have never imagined that I’d be running this many miles so soon.”
Donnelly’s fundraising will support the Korean Church, which sits on Main Street just a few yards from the race’s start line.
“This wonderful church has sat at the start line of the Boston Marathon overlooking the thousands of runners who have come through our small town each year,” Donnelly shared. “For years, the church has also hosted many of the elite runners who have competed not only to finish but to win. The Boston Marathon has always promoted the spirit of community. The Korean Church has represented this marathon spirit for years, and now to give back, I am raising $5,000 for their youth group!”
Goehry goes to bat for Little League
Eliza Goehry, who has lived in Hopkinton for six years with her husband and two sons, will attempt her second marathon — and first in a decade — when she toes the start line Monday.
She is running to raise money for Hopkinton Little League in an effort to keep costs down so that all children have a chance to play.
“As a born and bred New Englander, a longtime runner, and resident of the start line town, the idea of crossing that finish line on Boylston Street has been a big dream of mine,” Goehry wrote in her fundraising appeal (leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=236557&org=hopkintonlittleleague.org). “Additionally, I’m excited to run for the HLL in particular. Baseball has always been a big part of my life, and a source of a lot of great memories. It’s been a lot of fun making new ones these past few seasons by watching [her husband and older son] and others from our community get involved in the program.”
Hill supports health services
Hopkinton’s Vanessa Hill is running to support Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services, specifically mental health and addiction services in Massachusetts. Hill serves as vice president, brand strategy and consumer engagement, at Beth Israel Lahey Health.
“I have worked with this incredible team of people for almost 10 years,” Hill wrote on her fundraising page (givengain.com/ap/vanessa-hill-raising-funds-for-beth-israel-lahey-health). “They are striving to expand access to these vital health services, which are in such great demand.”
Hill has never run a marathon before. She kicked off the year by taking part in the Hopkinton Running Club’s annual New Year’s Day 10-mile run from Hopkinton to Natick.
Gilroy backs her students
Hopkinton resident Alison Gilroy has worked as a guidance counselor at Natick High School for the past 10 years, and she is running Boston to raise money for the school’s financial assistance program.
“I am excited to run for a community that has meant a great deal to me,” she wrote on her fundraising page (gofundme.com/f/alis-boston-marathon-fundraiser). “In my daily work with students, I know how meaningful it is to support various student needs, including financial challenges.”
Gilroy shared that the event has “long been a bucket list item of mine. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to fulfill this personal goal, while also running it for a cause that is important to me.”
Riven runs for Dignity
Chloe Riven is running to support Dignity Matters. The nonprofit supports women and girls who are homeless, living in poverty and disadvantaged by collecting and dispersing essentials such as menstrual care and underwear for them to stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.
Through its partnership with Project Just Because in Hopkinton, Dignity Matters supports 130 women and girls each month. The organization also supports women residing in Hopkinton through the Voices Against Violence shelter for victims of domestic violence in MetroWest.
Overall, Dignity Matters serves 15,000 women and girls each month.
Riven’s inspiration is to give back to the community, to honor the victims of the 2013 finish line bombing, and to live life to her fullest since she dealt with a serious medical issue.
“A few years ago, I was hospitalized for septic shock which resulted in relearning how to walk,” Riven shared at givengain.com/ap/chloe-riven-raising-funds-for-dignity-matters. “I have learned that if there is an exciting opportunity for something, to go for it. This marathon, I am feeling confident and more ready than ever!”
Riven is getting her master’s in social work at Columbia University, specializing in aging, gerontology and end-of-life care.
Brown pounds pavement for library
Nick Brown and his young family moved to Hopkinton in 2014 “in pursuit of fresh air, our own space and a good school system for our growing family.”
At the same time, the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) was working to renovate and expand the library. Now, the HPLF is working on a new project (among others), a “library of things.”
Brown is running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for the organization and this “wonderful new resource.”
This will be Brown’s first marathon.
“I have always had a passion for everything active and outdoors, including running, of course!” he shared on his fundraising page (hplfinc.org/nickbrownbostonmarathon2023). “Over the years, I’ve participated in dozens of road races of varying lengths and types, including several half-marathons. However, I have never run the full 26.2 [miles]. Growing up in Massachusetts, running Boston has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember! And, after living here in the town where it all begins for nearly a decade, the Boston Marathon has become a point of pride. Watching Hopkinton awaken from a long winter, alongside the grass and flowers, never gets old. My family and I love welcoming and cheering on the thousands of athletes from around the world. It’s been so exciting to be a part of from the sidelines, but I’m looking forward to finally getting in the game!”