News 4 reporter takes on the Boston Marathon
SAN ANTONIO —
Our very own Matthew Seedorff is running in the Boston Marathon on Monday and we couldn't be more proud! This will be Matthew's 10th full marathon and his first Boston Marathon. He raised $7,600 for charity leading up to the race. He chose to run and raise money for a trauma hospital in Boston to honor the victims from the bombings 5 years ago.
We sat down with Matthew to see what inspired him to run the big race, who he is helping in the process and what those who are interested in running the Boston Marathon should know.:
Why do you run?
I run for those who can’t. It’s a great stress reliever, and an outlet from work, but I often times think about those who can no longer run. In particular, my cousin Tyler who died in a car accident about 5 years ago.
Why the Boston Marathon?
The Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl for all marathon racers. The race itself is historic. If you’re a runner, you want to run the Boston Marathon. I was never a runner growing up, and never imagined that I would ever run in the Boston Marathon. After the marathon bombings in 2013, like many other runners, I knew that I needed to run in this race. We’re stronger than any terrorist, domestic or otherwise, and we won’t let their hate ruin such an amazing tradition.
What does the Boston Marathon mean to you?
Just this history is amazing. It’s the race the everyone talks about in the running community, and I’m just excited to see what it’s all about. However, I think after the bombings in 2013, there’s even more motivation for people to be a part of this race. For many it’s about American pride. Yes, we’re all “Boston Strong” after what happened in 2013, but we’re also all Americans and “America Strong." We were all impacted by the tragedy, and the images that played out on out television.
About his charity experience:
I chose to run with the Stepping Strong Team. It was started after the bombings in 2013 by the family of Gillian Reny. She was waiting at the finish line that day, while her sister was racing. After the attack, she was rushed to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Doctors and nurses heroically saved Gillian’s life, and both of her legs. Since that day, her family started the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund in February 2014. The charity is used for “collaborative efforts in trauma research and recovery.”
I chose this charity, because I felt like it would be the best way to honor the hundreds of trauma victims from that horrible day in 2013. I have so many people to thank for all of the generous donations I received. My goal was to raise $7,500, and as of right now I have raised $7,600. The San Antonio community, my family, and friends all really came together to help me reach my goal. Anyone that has tried fundraising, is aware of the challenges. When I cross the finish line on Monday I know I’ll be thinking about all of the donations I received for this charity along the way. Also, small plug, it’s not too late to donate. People can continue donating to the awesome charity to honor Boston Marathon bombing victims at this link.
Are you scared of running in the Boston Marathon?
No, bad things can happen to anybody, anywhere. I know that I’ll definitely be aware of my surroundings, and think about what happened in 2013, but I’m sure it’ll be a safe event.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Crossing the finish line. It will be such an emotional, rewarding experience for me. I’ll think about all of the support I received for charity, all of the miles I’ve run training, and the tragic bombings that shook the city 5 years ago. I might have tears running down my face at the finish line, but I can’t wait!
What is the weather expected to be like?
The weather for this Boston Marathon is expected to be insane. It looks like temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s and it’s supposed to be raining like crazy! They’re calling for 1-2 inches of rain on race day. Could be a very wet, and interesting day. I might need my scuba gear!
Some have expressed interest in the big race. What should they know?
The Boston Marathon goes from Hopkinton, Massachusetts to Copley Square in Boston (26.2 miles). This year, the races begins at 10 a.m. with earlier starts for the mobility impaired at 8:40 a.m., wheelchair-bound at 9:02 a.m., handcyclers at 9:25 a.m., and elite women at 9:32 a.m. There will be four waves releasing the rest of the field, at 10:00 a.m.., 10:25 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.
It takes place on the third Monday in April, also known as Patriot's Day, which is a holiday in Maine and Massachusetts that honors the famous battles of Lexington and Concord.
Organizers set the field numbers at 32,500 and the race runs at capacity. Of the 30,074 that ran in 2017, 27,222 actually ran and 26,400 finished.
If you'd like to follow Matthew, you can go online or on the Boston Marathon app. He starts at 11:15 a.m. ET and his bib number is 26534.