Team BIDMC Treads Strong at 2018 Boston Marathon

APRIL 19, 2018

Team BIDMC
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 treadstrong.org to support Team BIDMC.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, MetroWest Medical Center, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.