Author: Kayley Mendenhall, 4/10/2014 8:00:00 AM
Two members of the St. Charles Health System family will proudly represent the organization while participating in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21. St. Charles Medical Group COO John Weinsheim and St. Charles Hospitalist Gayle Vanderford, a nurse practitioner, are completing their final training preparations for the 26.2-mile race covering the most storied marathon course in the world.
"For me, the Boston marathon is like the Olympics for the every-day runner. It is truly an honor and privilege to run, especially this year given the events of last year," Vanderford said. "I am humbled by the dedication and determination of all runners who qualify to run Boston. The tradition of the marathon is exciting, and I am looking forward to running Heartbreak Hill and seeing the Citgo sign (it is the symbol that you are one mile from the finish!). The citizens of Boston are so supportive of the marathon and it is an amazing event!"
This year's race, spurred on by the events last year, has swelled by 9,000 runners. The entire field of 33,000 will honor victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
"For so many people, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Weinsheim said. "Among runners — and especially amateur marathon runners like me — this is the most prestigious accomplishment in running, to actually qualify for Boston. Running the race itself is the grand prize."
Weinsheim is also running to raise funds for a local Boston charity. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund provides four-year college scholarships to young adults in greater Massachusetts. He partnered with an alumnus of the Ouimet Fund (and Bend resident) to kick-start the fundraising for this great cause. Anyone interested in supporting his efforts can donate to Ouimet here.