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Run Across Massachusetts 2014
05/31/2014 - 06/01/2014Free
Run Across Massachusetts May 31 – June 1, 2014
Pepperell MA / Hollis NH to Millville MA / Woonsocket RI
Join veteran endurance runner David Salvas (Run Across NH) and cancer survivor and marathoner David Johndrow (The Marathon Project) for a 60-mile run to raise money for cancer patients. Your donations help patients that need assistance while they battle cancer. Join David and me in our run to support the work of Hope for Young Adults with Cancer.
Our group will run three ten-mile legs a day as we traverse the state of Massachusetts from north to south. We’d love your company for a leg, a day or the entire journey! Map and details to follow.
Day 1 Leg 2: Ayer to Bolton 11.6 miles
Day 1 Leg 3: Bolton to Westborough 9.3 miles
Day 2 Leg 4: Westborough to Upton 7.6 miles
Day 2 Leg 5: Upton to Mendon 5.5 miles Runners
Day 2 Leg 6: Mendon to Blackstone 8.1 miles Runners
All proceeds will benefit the young men and woman whom Hope for Young Adults With Cancer is able to help!
David Salvas will turn 65 this August. He started running when he was 30 after he quit smoking and put on enough weight to earn my own zip code. David has done 86 marathons from Alaska to Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Salvas has had the privilege to carry the Olympic torch in NH for the 1996 Atlanta Games. He has also been a TNT (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) coach. David is currently retired after 43 years in the defense industry and is a XC and indoor and outdoor coach at the local high school. In addition he volunteers as a marathon coach for the local running club in Nashua.
David’s running accomplishments include 18 Boston Marathons and he is running again in 2014. He has raised over $35,000 running. David successfully traversed the state of NH north to south in 2012 (221 miles) and again in 2013, choosing
an east to west route (116 miles). His athletic accomplishments don’t end there, as he was a certified ski patroller and certified NH state track and field official. Mr. Salvas has also been a volunteer with a wish-granting organization for 13 years, serving in many positions including President. He founded Operation Santa (gifts for needy kids) in the company for which he worked. He
was a first aid instructor and taught at an orphanage for kids to get their merit badge in Scouts as well as mentoring Vietnamese students in English before school started. It’s an honor to have him as the team leader.
David Johndrow is new to running. He started after a week-long stay in ICU for congestive heart failure in April of 2011. He finished his first marathon in October of 2013. Mr. Johndrow is the author of ICU to Marathon – Diaries of a
Nearly Dead Man.
Part of my recovery was to walk or run. I started the C25K plan a few times, but I just couldn’t do it. Finally, I thought that for the anniversary of my heart trauma, I would run a 5K. On March 25th, 2012, just a few days short of my April 4th anniversary, I ran
the Run with Heart 5K in Clinton, Massachusetts. There, a runner was born – and a race addict! Even though I had knee surgery, lingering heart issues, and a rotator cuff repair, I ran nearly 1,000 miles in 2012 including ten 5Ks and three 10K races. One day I thought that possibly, I could run farther than 10K, but I had been frustrated by bouts with both tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. After a brief rest in November and December, I started training for the February 24, 2013 Hyannis Half Marathon. I crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 16 minutes. On October 27, 2013 I took another big step on this amazing journey, and ran a full marathon (26.2 miles/42.2 kilometers), raising money and awareness for various charities including the American Heart Association, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, as well as other local charities and non-profits. As I run, I often pray and think of those who have been struggling with major heart illnesses, or have succumbed to cancer. It’s good therapy for me.