Sunnyside Acura sends local runners to 2016 Boston Marathon
Sunnyside Acura Sends Local Runners Meghan and Amanda to 2016 Boston Marathon
Nashua, NH – On April 18, the 120th Boston Marathon will kick off with more than 30,000 participants running the 26.2-mile route through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley, Natick, Brookline, Newton, and Boston. The New England Acura Dealers Association (NEADA) will be leading the race as official automobile sponsor of the 2016 Boston Marathon, with the 2017 NSX as the grand marshal vehicle as well other Acura models setting the pace for various heats. Each of the seven NEADA dealerships is contributing their support, time, effort, and hearts as first-time sponsors of the marathon.
“This is a big deal! The Boston Marathon is a New England tradition and an institution to the runner community. To be able to show our great Acura product line on the world stage is incredible,” said Nadi Malek, partner and co-owner of Sunnyside Acura.
In addition to showcasing the Acura fleet throughout Marathon Weekend, Sunnyside Acura also provided invitational entries to two runners from the local area. Amanda Muldoon (35) of Pelham, NH is honored to run this prestigious race on behalf of Sunnyside Acura. Amanda has run five marathons in her life, but never the Boston Marathon, right in her own backyard.
“It will be such an honor to run this year’s Boston Marathon and I hope to enjoy the entire experience. I’m looking forward to everything from the course to the crowds of supporters that come out to cheer on all the runners. I’ve been one of the supporters many years in the past, so this is my year to run and FINISH the 2016 Boston Marathon,” said Amanda.
Sunnyside’s other runner entry went to Nashua local, Meghan McGrath (26). Meghan heard about Sunnyside Acura and NEADA’s commitment to raise $1 million dollars for Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) before November 2016 and was encouraged to join the Miles for Miracles Team benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine ever since I got involved with running in high school. I continued this passion in college where I ran track and field at the University of New Hampshire and was a captain my senior year. Throughout both experiences, I ran as a sprinter, which is the total opposite of being a marathon runner! After graduating college, I got more involved with distance running and setting personal records. My excitement for distance running quickly grew as I noticed faster times with each race I completed,” reveals Meghan.
Meghan cannot wait to prove Boston’s strength as a community by participating in this year’s marathon. As a member of the Miles for Miracles team, Meghan will receive dedicated coaching, participate in team training runs every Saturday, and have the opportunity to raise funds for the Children’s Fund at BCH. This is an unrestricted fund that enables Boston Children’s to continue to provide high quality care, lead innovative efforts to research and the discovery of cures, educate the next generation of leaders in pediatrics, and care for the children and families in our local community.
To support Meghan as her training with the Miles for Miracles Team ramps up and April 18th approaches, click here.
About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.
About the New England Acura Dealers Association:
The New England Acura Dealers Association consists of seven dealerships throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Sunnyside Acura.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. Funds raised through the B.A.A Boston Marathon Charity Program help keep Boston Children’s Hospital in the forefront of pediatric care, research, training and community service, ensuring the best care available to all children.