Reasons Harvard community members run the Boston Marathon

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 16:50 in Earth & Climate

Among the 30,000 runners measuring their fitness and testing their endurance Monday in the oldest and arguably most famous marathon in the country will be members of Harvard’s running community. The reasons they’ll be running stretch the distance of the 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston, yet threading through them are certain primordial drives — the determination to overcome a challenge, the instinct to be part of something larger, the urge to test their own endurance — that they believe will propel them to the finish line of the 123rd Boston Marathon. “Running is something that I’ve always loved,” said Alison Steinbach ’19, who is capping off her time at Harvard by taking part in the area’s most notable event. “It been a really important way for me to balance the busy days of schoolwork and college with something that I find really fun and enjoyable, relaxing, and...

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