Local attorney to run Boston Marathon for the New England Patriots
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 25,2013
BENNINGTON — A local attorney has been chosen as the only Vermont representative of a team that will run in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the New England Patriots’ charitable donations program, the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award.
Danielle Fogarty, a partner at Donovan & O’Connor, LLP, a law firm with offices in Bennington and Massachusetts, spent Saturday in Boston practicing for the marathon she will run April 18.
Fogarty, who lives in North Bennington, said she expects it to be an emotional and personal experience for her because she was a runner as a teenager and lived in Boston for five years.
“When you see people win, that’s incredible and that’s one thing, but even just finishing, because everyone who finishes a marathon, I think, is achieving a real personal goal. ... (When you’re almost at the finish line), you’ve got your last 500 yards. The idea of actually turning right on Hereford (Street) and left on Boylston (Street) and finishing is very special,” she said, her voice choked with emotion.
Part of the excitement for the runners is the crowds, especially those coming from Fenway Park where that day’s baseball game is traditionally timed to let out just as most runners are passing by.
Earning a spot in the marathon generally involves meeting a qualifying time, but the race organizer, the Boston Athletic Association, allows a certain number of charitable organizations to enter teams as a way of raising funds for their cause.
Fogarty, a Patriots fan, will be running to support their annual donations to nonprofits in New England. The nonprofits are chosen based on the nomination and selection of an outstanding volunteer who works with the nonprofits but the award is given directly to the nonprofit.
This year, 26 winners will be awarded donations, with a grand prize of $25,000, presented at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., in June. In 2012, there was one winner in Vermont, Rick Cote, of Williston, who was recognized for his work with the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction.
Fogarty said her goal is to get more Vermont nonprofits to apply so there will be at least one winner from the state.
For Fogarty, the Boston Marathon will be her third marathon after running the Shires of Vermont Marathon. which she plans to run again this year, in 2011 and 2012.
“Growing up, I ran all throughout junior high and high school. I ran cross-country and track and loved it. It was a saving grace to participate ... Then I got injured and it all slipped away. I never thought I could get back into it. Then I saw a clip in the paper advertising the running of the Shires (marathon). The five-mile mark goes right by my house and I thought, ‘I can’t not try,’” she said.
Fogarty trained with a group of women led by Lynn Grieger, a Manchester fitness coach, and ran the first and second Shires marathons which go from Bennington to Manchester. Grieger is also helping Fogarty prepare for the Boston Marathon.
Forgarty said she decided to apply for the Patriots’ charity team because she was a fan and because many of the other charity teams were Boston-centered. As a member of the team, for which she was chosen on her first time applying, she may be able to help a local charity.
“I think volunteerism is huge in Vermont and there’s got to be someone else to be recognized here and have their nonprofit receive a grant,” she said.
Fogarty is only about 40 percent of the way toward her $10,000 fundraising goal, for which the deadline is April 9, but said she plans to reach out to local businesses. She said she would be “honored and thrilled” if anyone wanted to offer sponsorship.
Residents can nominate a volunteer using a form available at www.patriots.com/community/community-mvp-form.html. Contributions to Fogarty’s goal as a team member can be made through the website www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DanielleFogarty/New-England-Patriots-Charitable-Foundation-Boston.