The Team Framingham Steering Committee recently submitted their year-end report to the Framingham Board of Selectmen.
The report summarizes the accomplishments of the Team Framingham 2017 program and acknowledges all of those who assisted with the program. The following are highlights from the report:
“The 2017 Team Framingham Steering Committee was appointed by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting of Tuesday September 27, 2017.
The Team Framingham Steering Committee is comprised of the following seven town residents: Cherry Baram, Michael Bower, Michael Cannon, Jenifer Feaster, Stuart Hurowitz, Chris Kelley, and Ed Stoll.
The first Steering Committee meeting was held on Thursday November 3, 2016 and at that time the committee elected the following officers: Michael Bower, Chair, Ed Stoll, Vice Chair and Jenifer Feaster, Clerk.
The establishment of a Steering Committee to oversee and manage the Team Framingham 2017 program allowed for many new components to be added to an already successful program foundation, many things that would not have been possible with a smaller oversight group.
The 2017 Team Framingham Steering Committee undertook several new initiatives to enhance the program this year:
At our March 7, 2017 Team Framingham Steering Committee meeting we approved a final version of our mission statement incorporating suggestions made by the Board of Selectmen during our presentation to them on February 14, 2017:
“Train, mentor and foster camaraderie among runners who have Town of Framingham Boston
Marathon invitational entries to successfully cross the marathon finish line while raising money
for selected Framingham charities.”
The 2017 Team Framingham program was an overwhelming success for the runners, the charities and the community. I believe we were quite successful in providing a program for our team runners in accordance with our mission statement.
The team runners raised $82,423 for these six worthy charities as of June 1, 2017: Resiliency for Life $20,574, Friends of the Callahan Center $19,547, Hoops and Homework $17,654, Framingham High School Foundation $11,335, Voices Against Violence $8,823, and Framingham History Center $4,490.
The fundraising total from this year along with the totals from the previous three years brought the 4-year Team Framingham fundraising to $268,898.
21 of the 22 team runners met the $1,500 minimum requirement. The fundraising totals by runner: Mark Goldschmidt (RFL) $10,548, Vernon Turner (FHSF), $7,922, Diana Linn (Hoops) $6,826, Chris Bogardus (Callahan) $ 4,765, Jason Miller (Hoops) $ 4,334, Andrew McDonnell (Voices) $4,071, Leslie White Harvey (Hoops) $3,453 ***, Lane Gordon (RFL) $3,400, Michael Wilson (Callahan) $3,352, Matt Trostel (Callahan) $3,328, Scott Pettingell (Callahan) $3,225, Adrienne Donohue (Voices) $3,165, Joe Kynoch (Hoops) $3,016, Don Cavicchi (History Center) $2,675, Breda O’Connor (Callahan) $2,507, Alexander Malykhin (Callahan) $2,345, Adria Cucinotta (RFL) $2,231, Andrew Chester (RFL) $2,127, Leslie White Harvey (RFL) $2,098 ***, Robert Young (FHSF) $1,888, Daniel Roop (History Center) $1,790, Travis Songer (Voices) $1,537 and Drew Halberstadt (FHSF) $1,500
*** Leslie White Harvey received her Boston Marathon entry from the GFRC and she asked to participate in Team Framingham fundraising for Hoops and Homework and RFL. Leslie raised a combined total of $5,551 for the two charities. Leslie was a Team Framingham 2016 runner and she deserves to be commended for her on-going support of our program even though she was not an official member of the 2017 team.
2 Team Framingham runners dropped out of the program prior to Marathon Monday.
All 20 Team Framingham runners who participated in the 2017 Boston Marathon finished the event and received BAA finisher medals. This brings our 4-year Team Framingham success rate to 88 or 89 runners (98.9%).
The Team Framingham 2017 program included 5 team meetings where an extraordinary lineup of guest speakers provided the team runners with helpful training hints and a history of the course. 1984 and 1985 Boston Marathon winner Geoff Smith spoke at our April 6th meeting. Author Paul Clerici, Boston Marathon: History by the Mile, spoke at our March 16th team meeting. Doctor Bradley Weiss from Performance Health Center in Natick spoke at our February 15th team meeting. Physical Therapist Janet Gamache and Marathon Training Coach Brendan Rickert from Hopkinton Physical Therapy spoke at our January 12th meeting.
The team runners had the opportunity to participate six (6) formal team long runs along the marathon course and two Charity Day long runs along the course simulating actual race conditions. The eight training runs were the most in the four-year history of the program.
Ron Rego, Dennis Giombetti and Barry Bograd and the Government Channel once again reached out to Team Framingham to produce programs highlighting Team Framingham for the community. This year we taped two shows which were broadcast extensively. The first was taped in late March and broadcast through Marathon Monday. The second was taped in mid-May and was a follow-up program focusing on the run and the success of this year’s program. These broadcasts informed the community about the team, its runners, charities and mentors and assisted the team in enhancing their fundraising. These are the links to the two programs
Special recognition and thanks as follows:
If there are any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask. For a printable press release click on the link below.
Michael J. Bower
Team Framingham Steering Committee”
The Team Framingham 2018 program will officially launch on Monday October 2, 2017 with the opening of the application process for the Monday December 4, 2017 “random selection” (lottery). The first Team Framingham 2018 team meeting and training run will be held the week of December 11, 2017. The 2018 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday April 16, 2018.