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Back Where I Started

Bridge the Gap to Health, now in its 12th year, has become a Quincy tradition.  The event features 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances, and all courses cross both the Bayview and Memorial Bridges over the Mississippi. The proceeds benefit the Med Assist program, which helps needy families afford their prescription medication.

6 Time Olympic Medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee hands me my medal at the BTG2011.

Bridge the Gap holds a special significance for me.  It was the turning point in my approach towards fitness and the beginning of a whole new lifestyle.  I set the goal of completing my first 5K race for Bridge the Gap 2011.  You can (and should!) read all about my run here, but here’s the important take away:  you can do it!  I was 30 pounds heavier at Bridge the Gap than I am now.  I was out of shape, tired all the time and not very happy with my body image.  Crossing the finish line and being handed a medal by a personal hero, Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee, was pure inspiration.

From that moment on, I literally couldn’t be stopped.  Following the race, I ran, biked, swam and played my way to a healthier me.  I’ve set bigger goals and I’ve believed that I could accomplish them.  Looking back, it wasn’t even a bunch of work to do it; it was a bunch of fun.  This change in attitude has had an immeasurable positive impact on all facets of my life.

This year I won’t be able to attend Bridge the Gap.  I’m going to be in Vermont that weekend, running with a friend in the Green Mountains.  A year ago though, I never would have dreamed of going to Vermont or running anywhere- especially not for fun- and that’s what Bridge the Gap started for me.

If you’re considering running your first 5 or 10K, or you’re wondering about what it might take to complete the Half Marathon course, I highly recommend you attend the Bridge the Gap meeting this Saturday at 1118 Hampshire Street at 9 am.  I’ll always look back on BTG 2011 as a pivotal moment in my life, and I hope that you will look back the same way on BTG 2012.

Click here to read more about the meeting and the 14 week half-marathon program.

Click here for Bridge the Gap’s Facebook Page.

Click here for my original recap of Bridge the Gap 2011.

Click here for another inspiring story of how Bridge the Gap changed another person’s life.

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