Happy Marathon Monday! Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Raises $40,000 With Running Team
Posted by: Gronkowski
Patriots’ Day a.k.a. Marathon Monday is undoubtedly the biggest day on the Boston calendar as the whole city comes out to cheer on both the Boston Marathon runners and the Red Sox.
The day has taken on even more meaning since the bombing near the marathon finish line in 2013, after which the world really learned the true depth of “Boston Strong.”
Once again, the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation partnered with CharityTeams.com to create a running team to raise funds to support New England Sports Programs and KIPP Academy Boston.
Each athlete committed to raise a minimum of $8,000 and the team as a whole pulled together a whopping $40,000, which was presented by the big fella himself in the form of a giant check at Boston’s Harvard Club on Friday night.
Gronk had a blast as always when he bantered with the runners at the annual marathon weekend kickoff party, and even promised that he’d run the grueling 26.2 mile-course one year. The event organizers got Rob a race jersey … the only hitch is that it’s for a retirement home team.
Boston marathon-record holder Meb Keflezighi was also on hand having swapped his race bib for a Patriots jersey. Bill Belichick is also on the lookout for a speedy receiver and Meb is the only marathoner in history to win the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and an Olympic Medal, so he might have a chance of getting signed!
Rob was cheering on not only the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation team on Monday, but also Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi, who ran wearing bib number 5454 to raise awareness for stroke prevention after suffering one himself back in 2005.
The Boston weather didn't really cooperate with the celebrations on Monday, throwing wind and rain at the runners as an added test.
And while even taking part in the marathon is a huge accomplishment, the official winners were Lawrence Cherono of Kenya in the men's race; Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in the women's race; Daniel Romanchuk of the United States in the men's wheelchair division; and Manuela Schär of Switzerland in the women's wheelchair.
If you've ever thought about tackling Heartbreak Hill yourself, check out Brady's hype video below and sign up for the 2020 Gronk Nation team for next year.
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