Team BIDMC Treads Strong at 2018 Boston Marathon

APRIL 19, 2018

Team BIDMC Runners

Thousands of Boston Marathon runners faced grueling conditions on April 16, with heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 25 miles per hour. Throughout the Boston Marathon‘s 122 years, the race has never been cancelled due to the weather—and Monday was no different.

“In previous years, we’ve had awful humidity and heat,” says Krissy Talevi, Senior Director of Marketing and Events, who coordinates Team BIDMC. “This is the unpredictable weather that is April in New England. But I truly can’t remember another race in recent history with such exhausting conditions like Monday’s storm. It was relentless.”

Although challenging, the weather just became one more obstacle to the finish line.

“It was a pure privilege to fundraise and raise awareness for such a terrific institution,” says Jim Ball, who ran on behalf of the Annual Fund at BIDMC. “To complete both the fundraising and the epic race is truly at the top of my personal accomplishments.”

The first three BIDMC runners to cross the finish line included:

  • Peter Smulowitz, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician at BID-Needham (time: 3:17.44)
  • Andrew Drayer, a grateful father of three whose children were born at BIDMC (time: 3:20.53)
  • Katherine Nyholm, a grateful patient of BIDMC’s Obstetrics/Gynecology Department (time: 3:24.18)

Team BIDMC ran in support of six BIDMC causes as well as the Medical Center’s affiliates in Needham, Milton and Plymouth. As of April 19, Team BIDMC’s 63 runners have raised more than $605,000.

Donations are being accepted through April 30. Visit to support Team BIDMC.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a leading academic medical center, where extraordinary care is supported by high-quality education and research. BIDMC is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.