Boston Marathon and Sunnyside Acura

May 11th, 2016 by

120th Boston Marathon and Sunnyside Acura – Setting the Pace

Now that the 120th running of the Boston Marathon is in the rear view mirror, we caught up with the two runners that Sunnyside Acura sponsored and the overwhelming response was, “I can’t believe I was able to run in the Boston Marathon! It was amazing!”

 

Sunnyside Acura Boston Marathon runner Amanda

Amanda – Post Race

In addition to showcasing the Acura fleet throughout Marathon Weekend, Sunnyside Acura provided invitational entries to two runners from the local area. Amanda Muldoon (35) of Pelham, NH ran this prestigious race on behalf of Sunnyside Acura and finished with a time of 04:13:4. Sunnyside’s other runner entry was to Nashua local, Meghan McGrath (26). Meghan also ran as a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles Team which helped to raise over $36,630 for charities throughout the area.

Amanda has run five marathons in her life, but never the Boston Marathon, right in her own backyard. “Running the Boston Marathon was the best race experience I have ever had!  From the minute I stepped into Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton, I could feel all the excitement and energy.  The crowds of people cheering all the runner’s on along the entire course were amazing.  I felt like a celebrity as I made my way into Kenmore and people were yelling “Go Sunnyside!” (Because of my shirt of course).  It was such an amazing Marathon that I hope to have the opportunity to run again in the future.” said Amanda. “I greatly appreciate everything that Sunnyside Acura and the NEADA did for me.  Like I said, this was an amazing experience that was only made possible by you.  Thank you again!”

 

Sunnyside Acura Boston Marathon runner Meghan

Meghan – Mid-race

Meghan became involved with running in high school and continued the passion in college at UNH, but was a sprinter, not a marathon runner. After graduating college Meghan was more involved with distance running and setting personal records. The Boston Marathon was on her wish list. “It was an amazing experience…like no other.” When presented the opportunity, Meghan thought, “Am I really going to run the Boston Marathon?”

One of the positive and enduring memories of the marathon for Meghan was teaming up with a Patient Partner and Family with the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles Team. At around mile 20, heartbreak hill territory, Meghan’s Patient Partner and Family were there cheering her on and even provided an ice cold blue Gatorade. “It was this extra encouragement that re-energized me and pushed me on for the last 5 or 6 miles. I was running to help raise money for them and other families and there smiles kept me going.”

 

“This was 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 was incredible,” said Nadi Malek, partner and co-owner of Sunnyside Acura with Jim Powers. “We’re very proud of our part in the sponsorship of the 120th Boston Marathon and of our runners, Amanda and Meghan!”

 

Amanda Muldoon – 04:13:4

Meghan McGrath – 04:42:3

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