• Runner Mike Gerhardt ‘12 (right), a member of MIT Strong, trains for the Boston Marathon at a 30K race with his father, Massachusetts State Trooper Wayne Gerhardt. Mike Gerhardt was waiting at the finish line for his father to finish last year’s race when the bombings occurred. Both were unharmed — and plan to cross the finish line together this year.

    Runner Mike Gerhardt ‘12 (right), a member of MIT Strong, trains for the Boston Marathon at a 30K race with his father, Massachusetts State Trooper Wayne Gerhardt. Mike Gerhardt was waiting at the finish line for his father to finish last year’s race when the bombings occurred. Both were unharmed — and plan to cross the finish line together this year.

    Photo courtesy Mike Gerhardt

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  • MIT Strong members Alex Slocum (left) and Ryan Borker undertook a three-hour, cross-country training run in the woods of New Hampshire in March. Slocum, the Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, regularly competes in Ironman Triathlons and other endurance events. Borker completed last year’s marathon in less than three hours and was standing across the street from the second bomb when it exploded.

    MIT Strong members Alex Slocum (left) and Ryan Borker undertook a three-hour, cross-country training run in the woods of New Hampshire in March. Slocum, the Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, regularly competes in Ironman Triathlons and other endurance events. Borker completed last year’s marathon in less than three hours and was standing across the street from the second bomb when it exploded.

    Photo: Thomas Gearty

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  • For Maggie Lloyd ‘12, a member of MIT Strong, numbers matter: Her watch shows that her March training run lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes — or 179 minutes, the same number as the badge number of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

    For Maggie Lloyd ‘12, a member of MIT Strong, numbers matter: Her watch shows that her March training run lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes — or 179 minutes, the same number as the badge number of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

    Photo courtesy Maggie Lloyd

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  • Members of MIT Strong stop on the steps of MIT’s 77 Massachusetts Ave. entrance during a training run on March 29. From left: sophomore Sally Miller, Madeline Hickman ‘11, Tom Gearty, and Rachel DeLucas ‘03. Miller, Hickman, and DeLucas are members of the MIT Outing Club; Gearty serves as editorial director in MIT Resource Development.

    Members of MIT Strong stop on the steps of MIT’s 77 Massachusetts Ave. entrance during a training run on March 29. From left: sophomore Sally Miller, Madeline Hickman ‘11, Tom Gearty, and Rachel DeLucas ‘03. Miller, Hickman, and DeLucas are members of the MIT Outing Club; Gearty serves as editorial director in MIT Resource Development.

    Photo: Thomas Gearty

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  • Sophomore Sally Miller of MIT Strong stops in front of MIT’s Great Dome at the start of a training run on March 29. The team is made up of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Miller is one of the volunteer co-organizers of the team.

    Sophomore Sally Miller of MIT Strong stops in front of MIT’s Great Dome at the start of a training run on March 29. The team is made up of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Miller is one of the volunteer co-organizers of the team.

    Photo: Thomas Gearty

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39 members of the MIT Strong team continue training — and fundraising

Runner Mike Gerhardt ‘12 (right), a member of MIT Strong, trains for the Boston Marathon at a 30K race with his father, Massachusetts State Trooper Wayne Gerhardt. Mike Gerhardt was waiting at the finish line for his father to finish last year’s race when the bombings occurred. Both were unharmed — and plan to cross the finish line together this year.

Runners hit the roads for final training runs in preparation for the Boston Marathon.


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With two weeks until the Boston Marathon, members of the MIT Strong marathon team are hitting the roads for their final training runs.

More than 20 of the team’s 39 members will run approximately 20 miles on the marathon course this Saturday, April 5, starting in Framingham and ending at the Zesiger Center on the MIT campus.

They will be joined by runners from the Collier Strong team, organized by members of the family of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Volunteers from the MIT community will staff water stops at intervals along the course.

The team is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to represent the MIT community on the marathon course, honor Collier’s life and sacrifice, and raise money for the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund at MIT, established to carry the fallen officer’s legacy forward on the campus.

As of the first week of April, MIT Strong has raised more than $110,000. To see a full list of runners or to sponsor a runner, visit mitstrong.mit.edu.


Topics: MIT Strong, Sean Collier, Community

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